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lYSIEE inn diary 

Wednesday Dec. 30 - continued 

where they live, is so noisy, so unrestful, 
delighted to f. nd a place of quiet and rest 
They considered it a treat end privilege to 
stay here. 

that they were 
lueh as the Inn, 
be allowed to 

Thursday, Dec 31, 1936 


New Years Eve may have been celebrated in a gay, boisterous 
manner insome places but here at the Wayside Inn all was quiet 
and osacefu].. About twenty guest e in for dinner and there 
was one overnight guest. She was a young to man connected with 
the store cf Best end Co. in New York. r.hered that her 
life had been given to hard, hone t work; that at last she had 
reached a position in whieh she could enjoy a. few luxuries. 
Therefore, our overnight guest treated herself to a short stay 
at the "ayside Inn. She loved the old atmosphere; the fire- 
places i iter dinner joined a circle of guests who had 
gathered in the bar-room. Informally they talked and chatted 
until a late hour, not late enough, however to witness the 
coning in of the New Year. 

Friday, Jan 1, 1937 

Plea ::ant 

The first guests to register today, were Mr. & Mrs. Gookin. 
They are dear, good friends who have coire frequently and faith- 
fully during the past year, "e have started off the New Year 
then, in an especially pleasant way. Several of our old friends 
came to wish us a Happy New Year and we c lied back: "The same 
to you" I The New Year brought forth an especially pleasant day 
outside, too, so that there were many who came in just to see 
the house. Dinners were served to 179 people in the dining 

Saturday, Jan 2, 193 j^ 


This was a stormy day with r;in and sleet and a little 
snow mixed in - making automobile driving dangerous and 
slinpery. Consequently our number of guests was not large. 
Among those who ventured forth however, were Mr. and Mrs. 
"'illiams of Belmont. They were celebrating their 3rd wedding 
anniversary. Mr. Williams said that several days were spent|here 
at the time of their wedding. Every year a celebrrtion of the 
event consists of a dinner at the "vy^icio Inn. 


The thirty-second anrave 


thirty-Second anniversary 
party of Wayside Inn Chapter, D.A.R., 
was held at Wayside Inn when the 
chapter's charter was on display and 
the subject of much Comment. It 
is an oak frame, made from wood 
f'pom the inn by the former owner, 
the late Edward R. Lemon. 

A contribution was made to the 
grocery table at -the Colonial bazaar, 
the quota of dimes was*jfted, its per 
capital met and money voted to per- 
manent State headquarters. Guests 
were present from Margery Morton 
Chapter, D.A.R., Old North Chapter, 
D.A.R., and from John Adams Chap- 
ter, D.A.R. 

The next meeting, in April, will be 
at the home of Miss Emma J. Wel- 
lington, chapter secretary, Cochitu- 
ate road, Wayland, when mernb u 
will display heirlooms. 

K*>"t£ r/»Tt*> d3i^t(o? 




K-rs. U&roU 5^. 1>owU' 


Sunday, Jan 3, 1937 


A chubby, little girl in brown dress and small brown hat, sat behind 
the Bar at the Wayside Inn today and as graciously and smilingly as any 
adult stage star, wrote her name "Love, J. ne Withers" at the request of 
several fond admirers. The thing that impressed us, greatly, about this 
well known cinema star, was her ease and poise, her naturalness and friend- 
liness. She was thoughtful and considerate of others. This was evident 
when it wps suggested that she take some copies of the "Story of larys 
Little Lamb" to her friends, "Oh, yes',' she said, "I'd like to give one to 
John and Betty and Mary and Jane". Then ?te asked if she would like a copy 
for, herself. She answered; "That would be very nice. I would love to have 
one!" This fascinating child was interested in the house; she wanted to 
know all about it and remembered well the few details pointed out during 
her very short visit. Her mother, her tall yming body guard end others in 
the party of 9, reminded Jane several times of the fact ths. t she must appear 
on the stage of a Boston theatre at 2:30 o'clock. Jane understood, but she 
seemed loathe to leave. Along with her went a pile of books, including the 
"Tales of a Wayside Inn" and a small package of oyster crackers, the kind 
served with her soup at the dinner table. 

Jand^^HKrs, young screen star, 

now appearing in person at the 

Metropolitan Theatre. 


Monday, J n 4, 1937 


It is real, y surprising to learn from what "four corners" 
of the earth our guests come. One would suppose that during these 
winter days our visitors would be from nearby, local cities and 
towns. But our register book today shows the following places represented, 

Manila - Philippine Islands 
El Paso - Texas 
Los Angeles - California 
Hamilton, Ontario 

Tuesday, Jan 5, 1937 


The Christmas messages from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford and Mr. and 
Mrs. Edsel Ford wh< ch a ppeared in a recent issue of the Herald, have 
been inspiring. Although addressed to the school children, we have 
found them very helpful. We liked especially what Mr. Ford said a bout 
being helpful; helping each other. "The more we help each ther to be 
the best and do the best, the more we help ourselves and the world." 
That spirit of help'fulness can be appMed in all our daily tasks a t the 
Wayside Inn. 


At this Christmas season I send you 
my best wishes for your happiness and suc- 
cess. If you have been observing you 
have noticed in your schools and the other 
activities connected with this place, that 
everything that is done is the result of 
people working, working together, working 
together according to a plan, which means 
helping each other. Everything in the 
world is done by people helping each 
other. Of all the things I see in your 
school-work, this gives me most 
pleasure. The more we help each other 
o be the best and do the best, the more 

we help ourselves and the world. 

Let us think of this and make it part 
of our purpose during the New Year. 



Wednesday, Jan 6, 1937 Pleasant 

The next time President Conant of Hirverd cones to the Inn 
(wh'.ch we hope will be soon) it has been planned to show him an item 
found in Vol. 1 of the Town Records of Sudbury. It reads as follows: 

Cambridge, this 10th of march 1 678 


Received then of severall persons 
of the Town of Sudbury severall 
percells of corne amounting to 
(with the transportation from Sudbury 
to Cambridge) the full sume of what 
w?s there subscribed to contribute 
to the new Colledge building for the 
Colledge. I say received by mee. 

William Manning 

It is hoped that President Conant can tell us just which 
college building was being erected in 1678 and if the particular 
building for which the people of Sudbury contributed corn is still standing. 

Thursday, Jan 7. 1937 Sleet 

Correspondence this week has been of unusual inter st. Topping the 
list was a letter (not a note) from JaneWithers expressing her feelings 
about the Wayside Inn; telling us of ohe things she liked best and express- 
ing the hope that she could come aga in. The informality of the letter 
was charming. It began "Hello 1 Everybody!" 

Next came a very fine note from our good friend Dr. Etz. He spoke 
of the Christmas Pageant; its dignity and inspiring spirit and his pleasure 
in seeing it. 

Miss De Mille sent a large assortment of picture post-cards showing 
the lovely California country where her vacation is being spent. 

Mere pictures of the"old fashioned" ladies who came in the group of the 
"Outdoor Sports Club" have been sent. These from 'Mrs. Harold S. Bowkar 
of Worcester who wore a paisley print dress belonging to her grandmother. 
Still another letter from a member of the "Outdoor Sports Club" reads as follows; 

"When the Outdoor Sports Club of Worcester were your 
guests you served a most delicious baked Inding pudding. 
I wonder if it would be possible for you to give me the 
receipe? I have 3 church supper for 300, Jan 15 and 
am going to serve the Indian Pudding and wish I could 
make one like yours." 

From: Mrs. F. H. Davidson 
13 Algonquin Road 
Worcester, Mass. 


Friday, Jan 8, 1937 Pleasant 

Two more important members of our household have departed for 
a vacation period. Emma, the cook and Mary Cronin, waitress are 
away for two weeks. Emma has gone to the home of a sister in Holden, 
Massachusetts and Mary expects to visit a neice in New York City. 

Saturday, Jan 9, 1937 Pleasant 

There is one chara cter In the "Tales of a Wayside Inn" of whom 
we know little. The statement has been made that Henry Ware Wales 
"The Student" was a scholar of promise who died early and whose tastes 
appear in the collection of books which he left to the library of 
Harvard College. Today we learned more about him from a Mrs. Drinkwater. 
She told us that her f other was a very good friend of the Wales family. 
An uncle of Henry Ware Wales had sailing vessels ^n the old days and 
until comparatively recently there was a well known Wales Warf in Boston. 
A brother of "The Student" was also interested in sailing ships. He 
lived at 140 Beacon St. All were very wealthy. Henry Ware Wales spent 
much of his time travelling and was one cf the first to wear a French 
moustache. We have often remarked on the long beard seen in his picture 
in the Parlor and how strange it looks on a "y~uth" - as Longfellow calls 
him. Mrs. Drinkv.ater said that soon after the popularity of beards, Henry 
Ware Wales returned from Paris with a short mustache. It caused a sensation 
in Boston. 



Sunday, J-ji 11, 1937 Snow 

Mr. Sennott had just called our attention to tiny, green buds 
on the lilac tree beside the front door, when down c^.roe a beautiful 
snow storm. It was not of long duration, but the large white flakes 
covered every little branch and twig and made a pure spotless 
covering on the ground. We lit a fire on the hearth and brought out 
Whittiers's "Snow- Bound". We were far from being "snow-bound" our- 
selves, but we put a copy of the poem on the table where our guests 
might enjoy reading it. One portion of this well known verse seemed 
especially appropriate. 

" We watched the fitst red blaze appear, 
Heard the sharp crackle, caught the gleam 
On whitewashed wall and sagging beam, 
Until the old, rude-furnished room 
Burst, flower-like, into rosy bloomj 
While radiant with a mimic flame 
Outside the sparkling drift became, 
And through the bare-boughed lilac-tree 
Our own w-rm hearth seemed blazing free." 

Monday, Jan ££> 1937 Pleasant 

Frankly, we are puzzled. We entertained at luncheon today a 
couple whom we believe to have been Mr. and Mrs. Booth Iarkington. 
But they travelled incognito; they gave their name as "Nelson" and 
the lady called the gentleman "George". It came to our attention, 
however, that our guests resembled in almost every way a picture of 
Mr. and Mrs. Booth larkington which appeared today in a local newspaper. 
The noted author has been very ill. Our guest was feeble and needed 
much care and attention from his wife and chauffeur. We are hoping that 
in some way this mystery can be solved. 

Tuesday, Jan 12, 1937 Cloudy 

A Mrs. Holcomb sat in the Parlor tins afternoon and told us of 
her thrill at finding a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn, in China. 
She said that while living in Hankow, China she wanted to use the 
British Library there. But to use the Library a person must out in an 
a pplication. The application must be sent to London to be approved. 
This procedure takes several weeks. While waiting for the neces ;ary 
card fro:;: London, Mrs. Holcomb resorted to the Y.M.C.A. in Hankow (es- 
tablished for American sailors^. In th s small Library Mrs. Holcomb 
found a copy of the Tales of a Wayside Inn and read it from cover to 


Wednesday, Jan 13, 1937 Cle^r and w-rm 

The Warming pans or Bed Warmers attract much attention. There is 
one n nearly every room of the Inn. Very often children will say: 
"Oh, see the pop-corn popper". Today Mr. David Magner of the Lincoln 
and Lincoln Zephyer Motor Company was a dinner guest. He thought the 
bed warmers were passed in churches in the old days for the purpose of 
taking up the contribution! We read recently that our grandmothers had 
to be very careful in heatirg beds with these old fashioned warming pans 
because they could easily scorch the sheets. 

Thursday, J^n 14, 1937 Cloudy and warm 

A gentleman inquired if we could supply him with a co y of 
Mr. Cameron's Sunday Evening Talk of Dec. 16th. It was the talk on 
"Opportunity" and our guest expressed great interest and pleasure in 
it. He wanted co -ies of it. We were rather eager then, to procure 
copies, not only for our guest but for our own res ding (not having 
heard the Broadcast), Since reading this fine talk we agree with the 
guest that it is especially good. Particularly this part. 

"There 1 s not a single fact you learn or a tiny 
discovery you make today that may not stand forth- 
even a quarter of a century hence- as the very 
thiiig you need in some crucial hour." 

We can apply this philosophy in meeting and talking with guests 
of the Inn. We can learn a great deal from them. They bring us many 
new thoughts; new information about all kinds of things. They tell 
us of manners and customs in foreign lands and in other parts of our 
own country. At the moment it may not seem important, but in some 
crucial houB, as Mr. Cameron says, it may be of great help. 

Friday, Jan 15, 1937 Cloudy 

The weather is always a chief topic of conversation - and so it is 
at the Wayside Inn. This has been a remarkably mild winter season with 
practically no snow and the temperature unusually high. It would seem 
ideal )for those who do not want to go skiing) but as a matter of fact, 
it has not been ideal for motorists. Roads have been frequently icy and 
slippery. There have been fewer guests for this re-rson. Sometimes we 
have several guests for luncheon and a number of visitors in the afternoon, 
Early evening brings a lower temperature; it rains and stats freezing. 
Consequently our dinner guests are few and evenings "re generally quiet. 
Tonight we were pleased to have the young people come in for a dancing 


Saturday, Jan 16, 1937 Pleasant 

Three young people, all of whom are deaf, dumb and blind came 
today with Miss Hall from the Perkins Institute in Watertown, Mass. 
Miss Hall has brought many of her pupils here and each group seems to 
get inch pleasure in feeling of the various objects throughout the 
house* Today the only way Miss Hall could explain th'ngs to the 
children was by the child putting a finger on her lip, thus reading 
the words by motion of the lips. A long time was spent by this group 
in going through the house and we marvelled at the patience shown by 
Miss H "11 and her assistants. The children cried out with pleasure 
at times and laughed hea rtily. The smaller boy insisted on having a 
demonstration of how everything was used. For instance the old cow 
bell in the kitchen had to be tied a round his neck; the runlet or 
canteen for carrying wa ter was ca rried back and forth across the room. 


Sunday, J-n 17, 1937 


Ten years ago to-day, the M rys Lamb School house was re-opened. 
It was a gre t event for the Wayside Inn. The school house was on 
Wayside Inn property} its pupils were children of friends ^nd neighbors 
and its teacher Miss Martha Hopkins. We look back with fond memories 
to that re-opening day. During the past ten years we have been proud of 
the school; we have become fond of the pupi&s and we feel thst the Red- 
stone School belongs t the Wayside Inn. 

Miss Prances libbitts, present teacher 
of The Redstone School 


Monday, Jan 18, 1937 Warm and cloudy- 

Three Japanese, a mother and two sons, visited the Inn today 
and were very much interested in the house. The mother, who looked 
ax young as her sons, was dressed in native costume. She wore a 
blue silk kimona and her tiny feet ested on sandals made of strai . 
The sons were splendid looking young men and especially kind to their 
mother for whom they had to interpret much that the hostess said. 
All were very keen, however, nnd grasped the meaning of tirngs quickly 
and easily. They d&cided to stay for luncheon and explained that this 
was their second day in Boston. Two months had been spent in Europe 
a month in England and two months in the water, one of the young men 
said. Fortunately the in was corrected to on by the brother. 

Tuesday, Jan 19, 1937 Cloudy 

Professor Scheil's group dined with us this evening and as 
usual s c .t around the fireplace in the old kitchen for their dis- 
cussion ; th'.s evvming the discussion being the review of a recent 
book. In the group was a gentleman from the Mass. Inst, of Technology 
who carried with him a tricky pencil. We hadn't seen ne like it 
before. It was made of metal and around its center Wrere different 
colored points, blue, red, green, black etc. If you wanted a blue 
lead you pushed down on the blue point. In this way you have several 
different colored pencils in one. The gentleman said that th's kind of 
pencil is most useful In making maps, charts etc. 

Wednesday, Jan 20, 1937 Colder 

The collection of hooked rugs n the Inn attracts much comment. 
We have some unusually pretty onesj all hand made and all old. A 
lady today told us something about the origin of hooked rugs. She 
said that they were first made in the Scandinavian countrries and 
used for bed coverings. From there they were carried to Scotland 
and finally found a place an the floors of early American homes. 


Thursday, Jan 21, 1937 Cloudy- 

One of our most enjoya ble guests is Dr. Meade. He has been 
coming to the Inn for years and does net want to be called 
Uv, Brooks (Mr. Loring Brooks). He does resemble our neighbor in 
appearance, however, and once or twice has been mistaken for him. 
Dr. Meade came today and brought with him a middle aged lady, the 
efficient, business-like type. After -lunch they sat on the settle 
in the Bar-room and chatted, mostly about books. The lady told us 
that she wa a business executive and that this was the first time 
since November that she had been outside the city. "Its great to 
get away from hard side walks and tall buildings and breathe some 
of the good country air -;nd I ar greatly indebted to Dr. Mead for 
bringing me to the Inn", she said. 

Friday, Jan 22, 1937 Cloudy - w*rm 

The following fact might well be recorded by the well-known 
Ripley, the "believe-it-or-not- 11 man. 

Outside the Old Kitchen window where v,e always look for the 
first signs of Spring, we saw today ) January 22nd) our little green 
"snow-drops" with large white buds on them. Others are poking their 
heads up through a large crack in the ground - and should the sun 
appear we are certain that the snow-drops would blossom forth like 
they generally do about the first of M rchl This ofcourse is due to 
our unusually mild winter. 

Saturday, Jan 23, 1937 Cloudy 

Today has been spent in preparation for the Universalist Ministers 
Annual Retreat. This is to be their 35th ye^r here. Everyone of the 
household is looking forward with pleasure to their coming. Every bed 
Las been made up freshly; the rooms prepared. Books from our library 
have been put about on the tables j Emerson, Hawthorne and Longfellow 
and some contemporary authors. Apples are being polished and food 
prepared in the kitchen. A list hss been received of first arrivals 
an', of those who are planning to come later. The majority will arrive 
tomorrow afternoon. About 20 ministers are expected. 


Sunday, Jfin. 24, 1937 Cloudy 

Today and the next three days of the Diary will be devoted to 
the 35th Annual Retreat of the Universalist Ministers. 

Soon after dinner Dr. Tomlinson and Rev. Ha mmatt stepped off the 
Bus from Worcester and were soon receiving a hearty welcome from members 
of the Wayside Inn family. It was as if they were coming home. They 
carried their bags to their rooms and were soon down stairs sitting be- 
fore the open fire telling us of their travels snd experiences of the past 
year and of their friends .and families. So it was -.vith the others who 
arrived from time to time through the afternoon. By 5 o'clock cordial 
greetings end friendly handshakes filled the rooms with a spirit of good- 
will and good chear. It was honest-to-goodness, sincere fellowship, real 
pleasure in meeting once again at the W ayside Inn. Interspersed among 
the older, familiar faces were a few young men. Witty remarks passed to 
and fro. We overheard this one. 

Dr. Rose (a young minister): "Yes, when I think of you at 

the ft ayside Inn, Dr. Perkins, I associate you with the old 

tables, the andirons and the Sap Bucket'.' 

Dr. Perkins: I am perfectly willing to be associated with 

a Sap Bucket, but I refuse to be classed with a bucket of 


On the arrival of Rev. Ellenwood of Woonsocket R. I. he was asked 
to take off his coat. Dr. Ellenwood: "I've been looking 
the bunch over to see if I wanted to stay, before I took off 
my coat I" 

So this jolly company continued to welcome its fellow members until 
late in the evening. Dr. Hill w^s met at the tr?in in Framingham at 
9 o'clock and Dr. Lowe came from Rockland M-.ine at 11 o'clock. 

Monday, Jon 25, 1937 P&ensant 

The ministers gathered in the Old Kitchen *t 9:30 o'clock for a 
Discussion period. This was followed by Luncheon. The afternoon 
was spent in walks and another Discussion period. We might say, however, 
that the Discussion periods were unlimited as to time and place. Dis- 
cussions on religious subjects; topics of current interest and on everything 
ingeneral could be heard at lomost anytime or any where you might find two 


Monday, Jan 25 - continued 

or more ministers. The ex king of England tups mentioned; someone suggested 
a Sit-down Strike at the Wayside Inn (for the ministers) and Dr. Perkins 
and Dr. McCollester discussed the Ford Sunday Evening Hour. Dr. Perkins was 
es ecially enthusiastic about Mr. Cameron. He said: "It is a fine thing; 
beautifully done." Dr. Van Schaick, editor of the Christian Leader c°me late 
th s afternoon, bringing the number up to 19 in sttned~nce. 

Di . Vincent E. loiLLinson 

Dr. lomlinson in informal 
discussion with Dr. Sllenwool 




Monday Jan 25 continued 


At six-thirty o'clock members of the Retreat ?nd a few members of 
the Wayside Inn family gathered in the large dining room for the 35th Anniversary 
Dinner. Dr. Perkins acted as Magister Convivii. In a dignified but informal 
manner, he introduced the speakers. Mr. Sennott gave a word of welcome and 
expressed the hope that the Retreat would continue at the Inn for the next thirty- 
five years. Next came Dr. Etz, the Secretary of the Retreat who gave a more or 
less statistical record of its history. He mentioned that Dr. Perkins , Dr. 
Tomlinson and Dr. Albion of Framingham (unable to be present on account of illness) 
were the three members of the Retreat who first came to the Inn 35 years ago. 
Dr. Perkins has not missed a single meeting and Dr. Tomlinson only one. There have 
been 58 members through the 35 years; 25 of the number being dead. Originally 
the Retreat began on Monday. Thirteen years ago Dr. Hammatt changed the es- 
tablished custom by coming on Sunday I 

The fact was revealed by Dr. Etz that in 1S24 when the Inn was acquired 
by Mr. Ford, that a committee consisting of Drs. Tomlinson and Etz was appointed 
to investigate other places where the Retreat might be held. It was recommended 
by the committee that the Retreat be given up completely rather than be held elsewhere 
than the Wayside Inn. _^^^rfl 

Members of the 35th 



Monday Jan 25, continued 

55th Anniversary Dinner 

The next speaker on the program was Dr. Fischer of New Haven, Conn, who 
spoke beautifully on "Memories". He mentioned the visit of members of the 
Retreat to the Redstone School and how Miss Hopkins acted as "teacher'. 1 His 
whole talk was full of tender feelings and touched everyone deeply. 

Dr. Theodore A. Fischer 

Dr. Seth R. Brooks of Maiden, Ma s. was the next speaker. He spoke on 
"Prophecies" and represented the younger men who have been chosen to join 
th's distinguished group. His talk was admirably done. Everything he said 
7:as well chosen and carefully planned. It was thrilling to feel that the 
Retreat will go on under the leadership of such pble young men as Dr. Brooks. 
Space forbids recording all of the fine things Dr. Brooks said. The whole 
spirit of his talk centered around the thought that the Retreat had become ?n 
Altar in his heart, where he worchipped the friendships made and the dear old 
Inn itself. 


Mon Jan 25, - - continued. 

55th Anniversary Dinner 

Musical numbers were given during the pro gran by Mabel Anderson Pearson, 
contralto in Dr. Tomlinson' s church. The more humorous side of the affair 
was presented by a quartet composed of four young ministers who rendered several 
satirical songs. 

We cannot, in these pages, do justice to the magnificent spirit which 
prevailed at this 55th Anniversary Dinner. It was a brilliant success. A won- 
derful feeling of harmony exists between the old and the young men. They 
are working together in perfect unity for the continuance of the Wayside Inn 
Retreat for at least 35 years longer. 

Tuesday, Jan 26, 1937 Pleasant 

The ministers were surprised this morning to see our snow-drops in 
blossom outside the old Kitchen window They called first one then the other to 
see them. Dr. Huntley said; "I've seen snow flakes here many times, but never have 
I seen snow drops!" It is unusual, of course, and some may have been disa ppointed 
that a snow storm did not come during these Retreat days. Others, however, have 
expressed pleasure in being able to walk in the woods. 

After a day of erious thought, the ministers enjoyed a dinner in the 
Old Kitchen. After dinner, like school boys on a vacation, each one told his 
best story. Some of theip a^e worn "thread bare" through telling year after 
year, it was explained. Most of the stories, however, were of such good fun 
and humor as to bear repeating. Dr. Tomlinson gave "Old Rome Day at the 
Corners or Something for Everybody". Dr. Hammatt told of his experiences riding 
on a horse in the town parade.- 

"The hour was latej the fire burned low" 

Then all arose and said Good-night". 

Wednesday, Jan 27, 1937 Pleasant 

At nine-thirty o'clock this morning, a simple Communion Service was held 
in the Old Kitchen. After this, a few ministers began to take leave. Others 
stayed for luncheon. All seemed loathe, to leave and spent the short remaining time ii 
informal conversation, reviewing the events of th's 35th Retreat ->nd pro- 
claiming it to be a splendid occasion. Immediately after lunc- practically 
everyone departed. Dr. Tomlinson and Dr. Haramatt, the first to arrive, were 
the last to leave. 

Thus, closed another event of great historical significance in 
the Annals of the Wayside Inn. 



Thursday, Jin 28, 1937 Pleasant 

A nice, red shiny apple was presented to one of our young guests the 
other day. We have been informed "that the young lady has preserved the apple for 
Posterity.. She covered it with a thin coating of wax, after she had scratched 
"Wayside Inn" and the date upon it. 

Friday, Jan 29, 1937 Pleasant 

La-^t Sunday we had the pleasure of conducting a large family group 
through the Inn. There was a mother and father, grandmother and three 
children. All listened attentively. When we came to the Betty lamp in the 
old Kitchen the gentleman remarked on the similarity of the Betty lamp to 
early Roman lamps. We wer interested in what he had to say. Casually he 
mentioned that he had an early Roman Lamp which he would like to send us. 
Th s week we ha e received the beautiful old lamp from our guest, 
Mr. 1. W. Leavitt, as promised. He writes: 

"This is a Roman Lamp, close to 2,000 years old. I secured it 
from our museum at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Syria , 
as a duplicate and it has been identified by our archeologist, Dr. Harold 
Ingholt, a noted Dane now diggingin Hama, Syria." 

The lamp is a gen; small, beautifully shaped and decorated. It is 
a choice bit of pottery. Already our guests have shown interest in it; 
in com:aring it with our Betty lamp. 

Saturday, Jan 30, 1937 Pleasant 

The end of the week and the end of the day brought 5 students 
from the State School of Agriculture in Delhi, New York, to our door. 
They came In th'red and worn, but were eager to see the truse and soon 
ordered dinner. Then they told of their interest in cooking; that they 
were students of Home Economics. They were particularly interested In the 
flour ground at our Mill and each carried away a folder of our receipes 
which they promised to "try". 


Sunday, Jan 51, 1937 Cloudy 

At noon time saven men from seven different countries arrived . 
They called themselves, jokingly, "The Lea gue of Nations". Italy, 
France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England and Ireland were rep- 
resented. They were agents of the American Express Company, fine young 
gentlemen; full of fun and eager to learn everything about the Wayside 
Inn. It will be the duty of each one when he ee turns to his native 
country, to direct foreign tourists to interesting places in the United 
States; plan tours for them and tell them what to see and what not to 
see when they come to America. Accompanying the gentlemen was the manager 
of the American Express Company in Boston. 

Monday, Feb 1, 1937 Pleasant 

Mr. Frank Howe of Bennington, Vermont announced himself yesterday 
as being an 8th lineal descendent of the Howe family. Very often we 
are visited by descendents of the Waysidelnn Howes. Sometimes the con- 
nection is ver^ remote and then again by use of the Howe Geneology book 
which we keep in the Parlor closet, we are able to trace the visitor 
and find him to be rather near connection of our family. It is unusual, 
however, to welcome a direct lineal descendent. 

•Tuesday, Feb 2, 1937 Cloudy 

Rev. and Mrs. Norman Van Post Schwab of Cambridge are overnight 
guests and have stayed two days. Rev. Schwab is assistart rector of 
St. Peters Church «in Cambridge. He and his wife are devotees of the 
Oxford Movement and Rev. Schwab spoke with interest of having Thanksgiving 
dinner cooked vad served at Clinton Inn, Dearborn, with a group of Oxford 
associates. Rev. Schwab is also President of the Cooperative Society 
in Cambridge. 

Wednesday, Feb 3, 1937 Pleasant 

The Wayside Inn family was pleased to welcome Miss DeMille back to 
the "fold" today. She has been travelling across the United States and 
back again since December 1st. She spent most of the time with relatives 
in California . On her way ba ock she stopped at the Grand Canyon and made 
a tour of Breenfield Village at Dearborn. 

Thursday, Feb 4, 1937 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher was called upon today to take charge of the children 
in the Mary Lamb School; Miss Tibbitts the teacher being ill. To make 
the children better acquainted with the Inn, Miss Fisher brought them 
here md gave them a talk about the Old Kitchen. They stayed in the 
Kitchen for sometime looking at the old cooking utensils. Miss Fisher 
said that some of the older pupils already knew and understood the use 
of the various a rticles. 


Friday, Feb 5, 1937 

Cloudy pnd cold 

While we are more or less shivering here in New England and 
hovering around the fireplaces, two of our waitresses, Agnes 
and Lema are enjoying the warm sunshine of Florida. They left the 
first of the week for a vacation of six weeks in the Southland. 

Saturday, Feb 6, 1937 


The Ministers Retreat of last week is still fresh in our minds 
and we think often of these good friends the ministers and wonder 

"Where are they now? Y/hat lands and skies 
Paint pictures In their friendly eyes?" 

Evidently pictures of the Wayside Inn are before "their friendly 
eyes" for we ha ve received from them during the week several letters 
and reminders of their visit here. Today some copies of a booklet on 
Lenten Readings came from Dr. Etz. Also some pictures of the Retreat 
dinner in the Old Kitchen 


Sunday, Feb 7, 1937 Pleasant 

It is probably on account of the unusually mild and pleasant 
weather th^t we are having an unusual number of guests these days. 
We were surprised and pleased v*hen at the end of the day, today, we 
found that 1?5 dinners had been served. This, of course, does not 
include the number of guests who came in just to see the house. 
Altogether this was like a busy day in the middle of the summer. 

Monday, Feb 8, 1937 Pleasant 

The "Spring" housecleaning is under way. Or should we say Winter 
cleaning? Anyway, most of our Intensive cleaning is done in the Winter 
time when we have the least number of guests. To-day as we came in 
the front door, there was scrubbing and moping go'ng n in the lower h«ll 
of the Inn. Woodwork is washed, pictures washed and walls wiped down. 
After th s is done, the rooms, one at a time, will be cleaned. The Parlor 
is next on the schedule. 

Tuesday, Feb 9, 1937 Partly cloudy 

Tiny little icicles hung from trees and branhes today as rain 
froze and made a fairy-like pictures everywhere. Ice on the roads however, 
prevented automobiles from venturing out for pleasure. Consequently 
our number of guests was not large. Those who came rem c rked on the won- 
derful picture wh ch confronted their eyes as they approached the Inn. 

Wednesday, Feb 10, 1937 Pleasant 

We have not seen the magazine, but we have learned that a picture 
of our tiny Old Dining Room appears in the February issue of "Town ana 
Country". A Miss Marjorie Garfield from Syracuse, N. Y. came last June 
and made water color paintings of the Old Kitchen and Dining rooms. 
She has sent Miss Fisher photographs of the paintings and they are quite nice. 
Miss Garfield's pictures make the rooms look really old, as some actual 
photographs fail to do. The picture of the Old Kitchen has been on exhi- 
bition in Philadelphia and Chicago. 



Thursday, Feb 11, 1937 Pleasant 

As St. Valentine day approaches, we are reminded of our foot- 
stove in the Bar room which was made, we think, as a Valentine gift for a 
sweetheart of olden time. The foot-stove has a wooden frame with an 
iron container for hot coals inside. The wooden frame is nicely c?rved 
and painted. On the front of it is a red heart, now badly faded. But 
we can imagine the pride and joy taken by some young swain a hundred years 
ago as he worked on thfeis charming gift. On either side of the box is 
carved a sun burst, a traditional decoration. The heart was also used 
frequently as a decorative motif. We have understood, however, that foot- 
stoves were a popular token of admiration on Februery 14th. Because our 
foot-stove has a heart on it, we feel certain of its be"ng a Valentine of 
the first order. 

Friday, Feb 12, 1937 Pleasant 

Bright red hearts fluttered around the Ball-room today as the 
M ry L^mb School children and the Southwest school came together for 
a Valentine party. There was the usual dancing class, but Miss Oehme, 
the teacher, had planned a special surprise. She had made with her own 
hands, fancy favors for the children; paper hats and a valentine for 
every child. The children were more than pleased and showed their 
appreciation by dancing especially well. At least that is what our guests 
th ught as they looked on the pretty scene. There were a good many 
luncheon and dinner guests today. Possibly because it is the Birthday of 
Abraham Lincoln. 

Saturday, Feb 13, 1937 Pleasant 

Every now and then we °re favored by a visit from the Misses 
Walsh of Clinton, Mass. They are sisters of our Senator David I. Walsh. 
Tears ago they came to the Inn quite regularly in the Summer tice. We 
have not seen them recently however, until th s afternoon when they 
came in for tea. They are large women, tall like their brother and 
they are extrem&y odest and retiring. Today they told us that their 
distinguished brother was in Massachusetts for the week-end and that he 
was to call for then: here at the Wayside Inn. When the Senator arrived 
he did not cone into the Inn, however. 



Sund y, Feb 14, 1937 Partly cloudy 

The writer of the Diary finds that Sunday is her most difficult 
day; difficult in the respect that there seems to be not much of interest 
to record in the Diary. Yet Sunday is our busiest day of the week. There 
are more people in the house and "people make news". Perhaps it is 
because the reporter is too busy to make a report! Anyway, today was a 
usual Sunday. Groups of guests Ln twos and threes and whole families 
including the youngest child, crowded around thd old Bar to give orders for 
dinner. Speaking of the youngest v isitor. Our youngest today was a baby 
aged three months. She was carried in a large market basket through the 

Monday, Feb 15, 1937 Pleasant 

A A dog held the center of attention doday. Overnight guests from 
New York, a Mr. and Mrs. Simmons, were rather loathe to leave their Irish 
Terrier down in the Basement Boiler room. But mister dog did not object. 
In the morning he found lots of friends and was soon entertaining Emma, 
the cook, and other of the people in the Kitchen. Naturally they couldn't 
resist his cunning pleas for a bite to eat and we think th's attractive 
canine fared wellj perhaps better than his master or mistress upstairs! 
At any rate he was full of pep and eager to run out-of-doors after his breakfast, 
He particularly enjoyed the country fields and open spaces because most of 
his dayr are spent in the crowded, cramped city. 

Tuesday, Feb 16, 1937 Cloudy 

Four people from Livermore Falls, Maine came : n early this morning. 
They were middle-aged couples. After seeing all of the rooms and express- 
ing their pleasure and interest in the house, one of the gentlemen vol- 
unteered the information that this group was just starting out for Mexico 
City. "We came down from Maine th s morning. This is our first stopping 
place. But in all our sightseeing along the way to Mexico City, we do not 
expect to find anything more interesting then this old Inn.' 

Dr. Schells group numbering 9, held their customary dinner-meeting 
this evening. 


7/ednesday, Feb 17, 1937 Pleasant 

Seventy-seven men and women in a group under the direction of Mr. Fletcher 
of Maynard, Mass* danced in the Ball-room this evening. This is a group of 
"old-timers" which has a get-together every now and then. They had dinner in 
the large dining room and then adjourned to the Ball-room. A four piece 
orchestra played the old fashioned dance tunes. We enjoyed the evening as much 
the guests. We like a goup of this sort very much. 

Thursday, Feb 18, 1937 Pleasant 

President and Mrs. Conant of Harvard were Luncheon guests. 

An uneasy, re-tle-s group of young boys and girls entered the Bar-room 

today. They were loathe to stand still, anxious to see what w^s not in sight- 
to go on to the next room. The Instructor w^s a round faced, plump little 
manj jolly and friendly. He called to one of the boys, "Gus, I want you to take 
charge and see that this group moves on when it should; that it st°ys together 
and that everyone listens to what the young lady has to say.*' Just then, Miss 
DeMille spoke in a clear, dignified way. She pointed out the Sap Bucket and 
mentioned the name of Calvin Coolidge. The boys stopped talking, the girls 
stood still. A few on the out-skirts of the group laughed and poked fun at each othe 
But when an explanation of the Revolutionary relics over the mantle w*s given, 
there was further silence, even the boys on the edge of the group were quiet. 
You could have heard the proverbial pin drop. The group was well in hand, in Miss 
DeMille' s hand. As I sifc in the Bar-room writing, I can hear that clear voice ring 
out. Every now and then a hearty laugh comes f r ;m the group, now in complete 
harmong and unison. 



Friday, Feb 19, 1937 Pleasant 

Our friends Mr. and Mrs. Bowker fromWorcester srrived this evening 
bringing with them a lovely boquet of Talisman roses. Just as they were 
about to depart, the children from the Mary L.-imb and Southwest schools 
and the young men from the Boys School, flocked through the hall. They 
were on their way home after giving an evening of entertainment in the 
Ball-room. One of the boys paused to talk with Mr. Bowker. Mrs. Bowker 
enjoyed the y linger children. There was a kind of homey, family atmosphere 
as the children bid each other good-bye. Good wishes were exchanged for a 
pleasant vacation week ahead. We like to have the young people here, They 
liven the Inn end make it ring with laughter, friendliness and good-will. 

Saturday, Feb 20, 1937 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher started off at 6 o'clock th:s morning in her For^V8 Coupe 
for a trip to North Carolina. She has a fine day; warm and full of sunshine. 
She spoke of passing Mr. Sennott on his way up from Florida. Possibly 
thfty will pass each other en route. Miss Fisher said: "I'll wave my hand if 
I see Mr. and Mrs. Sennott". A word of greeting would surely have been possible 
in the old stage-coach days, but not today when motor carriages carry us 
whizzing by each other. 

Postal cards froLi Mr. and Mrs. Sennott indicate that they are having a 
good vacation and are enjoying the w-,rmth and balmy a ir of Florida; also the 
tropical vegetation, the parks and beaches. 


Sunday Feb 21, 1937 P leasant 

Literally hundreds of people visited the Wayside Inn today. Over 
two hundred dined and a great many more came jusc for the purpose of seeing 
the house. Familiar faces and new faces were seen among the guest°. Hungary 
men and small children, little old ladies and busy house-wives are pausing 
on this holiday week-end to pay their respects to the memory of George 

Monday, Feb 22, 1937 Partly rain 

Not quite as many people today as yesterday, but over a hundred and 
enough to keep us busy every minute from early morning until late at night. 
At five o'clock this afternoon, places were set for 16 and dinner was 
served in the Old Kitchen. A roast of beef was turned on the Spit, attract- 
ing much comment and interest on the part of the many sight-seeing guests 
who wandered into the Old Kitchen during the afternoon. In the regular 
Dining room, a long table was set for 20. This was decorated with flowers, 
candles, and favors in honor of the Birthday of the daughter of the family 
of a Mr. and Mrs. Harrington. Miss DeMille called it a "Pink Party". 
Decorations were in pink and the guests donned pink paper hats. 

Tuesday, Feb 23, 1937 Pleasant 

There is no doubt th^t vacation week is here. Children have been 
trooping in every day. Mostly they are accompanied by Mother or Aunt or 
some elder of the family. A visit to the Wayside Inn has been a long, 
looked-for event and in some cases, during v^c^tion week, it is made an 
occasion. These youngsters sometimes stay for lunch. Then they make of 
it a real party. They wear their best frocks and keep on their company 
manners. They are quiet and considerate and listen attentively as they are 
shown through the house. "John had to choose between the Wayside Inn and 
the Navy Yard" explained one mother. Another said, "This is the third place 
on our list. We're trying to see all the historical houses that Mary has 
read about '.' 

Wednesday, Feb 24, 1937 Cloudy 

Recent well known visitors have been Mr. FU. Buxton, editor of the 
Boston Herald and winner of the prize for the "Best Editorial of the Year". 
We do not recall Ln what year, but it was a famous editorial on Calvin Coolidge. 
With Mr. Buxton at luncheon on Saturday was Mr. Felix Frankfurter of the 
Harvard Law School. Both gentlemen were engrossed in conversation and 
seemed oblivious to the guests around they*.- 1 he guests recognized and 
identified them, however, and informed us of our distinguished visitors. 



Thursday, Feb 25, 1937 

Pie?, scut 

When Mrs. Barnard, who had lunch here today, was a girl of 7 ye3rs, 
she came to the Inn in a carriage. It was a sort of Longfellow pilgr '.-.age. 
In the party were Miss Alice Longfellow and another daughter of the poet. 
Mrs. Barnard told us this about the excursion: "Because I was the only child, 
I was uneasy and bored with the long ride from Cambridge. I can' t lecall who 
ran the Inn at that time, but I remember well, the terrible meal which was 
set before us. On the whole I had a miserable day and I have often wondered 
s nee if the adults really enjoyed itl" 

Friday, Feb 26, 1937 


This was a gala evening. In the Old Kitchen tall candles burned on the 
table set for six. A roast of meat sizzled on the Spit. In the dining room 
across the hall a long table was arranged for a Birthday dinner. The daughter 
of the family arrived with arms filled with presents for Daddy's Birthday. 
A square box contained a huge cake with a picture of a Fisherman made of icing. 
Flowers began to arrive and a telegram. All addressed to Dr. Sydney Morrison 
in whose honor the 17 guests gathered. It was a surprise, too. When Dr. 
Morrison walked into the dining room, there sat friends and relatives ready to 
give him loais of good wishes. In the Ball-room upstairs, the strains of a 
violin could be heard as the Boys School Dancing Class held forth. L- j ter the 
dinner guests adjourned to the Ball-room and were invited to join in a waltz. 
At 11 o'clock the Birthday guests still lingered. Before they departed, how- 
ever, Mrs. Morrison cut the cake again and Miss DeMille ?nd Miss Staples shared 
in a near-midnight feast. 

Saturday, Feb 27, 1937 

Pie si ant 

It is our usual custom on this day to place a wreath on the grave of 
Longfellow at It. Auburn ^emetery. A large wreath of woodland greens was 
carried in this year as usual. We who live here cherish the memory of the 
great poet. We love to repeat his lines in the prelude to the Tales of a 
Wayside Inn. We look at his picture, not only on his Birthday, but many times 
every day and we are inspired by h s kind and gentle expression. 

Longfellow's Birthday 
The anniversary of the bkjth 
of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 
who was born at Portland, Me., 
on Feb. 27, 1807, is usually noted 
in the public schools, when the 
story of his life is told and some 
of his 'poems are recited by the 
pupils. Bowdoin College, from 
which he graduated in 1825 and 
in which he once taught, also 
takes note of the anniversary. 
The house in which he lived in 
Portland has been bought by the 
Maine Historical Society, which 
holds a public reception there- on 
Feb. 27 every year. He was a 
I descendant on his mother's side 

of John Alden and Priscilla 
Mullins, whose story he told in 
"The Courtship of Miles Stand- 
ish." From 1836 to 1854 he was 
professor of modern languages 
and belles lettres at Harvard 
College. He lived in a house 
which had been used by General 
Washington as his headquarters 
when he took command of the 
army in Cambridge. During his 
life his poetry was more popular 
in England than the poetry of 
Tennyson, the poet laureate. 
It csW * \r»»sc.«-i p r a / 2 T In 


Sunday, Feb 28, 1937 Pleasant 

Sunday guests remind us of the saj Lng in our childhood days of 
"Richraan, poorman, beggarman . . . doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief". It 
seems as if they all c^me to the Wayside Inn on Sunday 1 Among the rich- 
man and the poorm=>n, the doctors and law^yers, we discovered today a Count 
and Countess Lehonborn-Budheim from Vienna. 

Monday, March 1, 1936 Pleasant 

Again it is necessary to note the weather and rercnrk on this un- 
usual season. "Our Crocuses are going by", a guest told us, and our own 
little snow-drops outside the kitchen window are no longer blossoming. The 
most startling sign of Spring, however, appeared tod^y in the form of a 
Gr~y Line Bus carrying seven sight-seers i This is our old friend of the 
busy Summer days when tourists are spending vacations a la Bus and the 
Gray Line is :ur household word i 

Tuesday, March 2, 1937 Cloudy 

It sounds incongruous 3rd out-of-place, yet we know that modern slang 
phrases must be heard and are he.^rd within the walls of this ancient house. 
And they are repe&aed with all the sincerety and earnestness which the y uing 
moderns who come here possess. It was really amusing to hear a young college 
student exclaim about things the other day, but I repeat that his enthusiasm 
was sincere and genuine. As he Looked at the autographs on the bottom of 
the famous Coolidge Sap Bucket, our young gentleman guest rem-rked: %y, 
do I feel Fame spreading over met" L ter when certain antique lighting devices 
were called to his attention we heard this up-to-date remark. "Pretty smooth, 
pretty smooth!" We wi-h to add again th'-.t this is recorded, not in jest or 
in ridicule but only for the purpose of presenting the current reactions and 
remarks of our guests. 

Wednesday, March 3, 1937 Pleas-nt 

There is a beautiful oblong box reposing behind the Bar. Its covering 
is a aretty, artistic Japanese paper and its contents are tiny J^prnese 
w fers. It is a present to the Hostesses from one of our Inn friends, 
Mr. Otsuki, student at the Massadhusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Otsuki 
was reminded of the wafers made in his native country when we told him .^bout 
the 18th -entury wafer iron hanging beside our fireplace. He wrote to his 
m ther in Japan and she kindly forwarded the ^bove mentioned wafers. The 
wafers are curious little things and not exactly pie to our taste which 
is, ofcourse, unaccustomed to Japa nes nu ts and spices. 


Thursday, March 4, 1957 Pie s^nt 

The Diary of several weeks ago merit'', ned the fact that Rev. and 
Mrs. Norman VanP. Schwab were overnight guests. Thi3 week we have 
entertained the Rector of Rev. Schwab's church (St. Peter' s in Cambridge) 
the Rev. Frederic Lawrence. He nnd Mrs. Lawrence were overnight guests 
also. It is notable th^t Rev. L??<rence has ? famous father, Bishop 
William I. Lawrence. 

Friday, March 5, 1937 Pleasant 

Attention of guests for the past week has been centering on the 
Paul Revere print of the Boston Massa ere. This can be seen in the Bar 
room of the Inn. The Readers Diigest, a monthly publication, mentions 
the print at some length in its last issue. The articlt points out that 
Samuel Adams, Revolutionary Patriot, was a master publicity agent and sought 
out Paul Revere to make a dramatic cartoon of the M?ssacre. He felt that the 
people in general would understand a picture of British soldiers mowing 
down innocent men better than they would understand the compkc atiens of the 
Stamp Act. Thus, several hundred prints of the Massa ere were made nnd dis- 
tributed over the 13 colonies. 

Today marks the 167th anniversa ry of the deaths of the victims of the 
Boston Massacre, which occured M"rch 5, 1770. 

Saturday, March 6, 1937 Snow flurries 

Mr. Crowell, farm superintendent, came rushing in this morning with 
the news that the first baby lamb of the season has arrived. Mr. Crowell 
wa^ not half as excited about the lamb as he seemed to be about some twin 
goats, newly born. "They are as white as these curtains, right there", said 
Mr. Crowell. They must be cute little fellows and Mr. Crowell hopes th.^t 
they will have lots of admiring visitors from the Inn. 


Sunday, March 7, 1937 Cold 

In spite of a slightly colder day °nd a real feeling of 
winter in the air, nearly two hundred peo ;.le enjoyed dinner here 
today and many others visited the house, the school and the Mill. 

Monday* March 8, 1937 in 

Children of an age inclined to be noisy were models of quiet 
ness "nd self possession this afternoon. It was the 7th Grade Driving 
Class from Framingham. After Miss DeMille had guided them through 
the house, they were instructed by the tea cher to divide into three 
groups and go into three different rooms. The Parlor, B?r-room and Old 
Kitdhen were chosen. The children sat down in chairs about the room 
and with pencil and paper started sketching some one object in the 
room. In the Bar-room we could hear the clock tick. Pupils made sketches 
of various things. Some chose the wagon seat, another the Reflector 
oven. In the Bar-room the bed-warmer was a popular subject for drawing. 

Tuesday, M^rch 9, 1937 Pleasant 

Four elderly ladies c°me for luncheon today and brought their 
sewing. After luncheon they sat through the afternoon gathered around the 
fireplace in the Parlor. One of the ladies reai aloud from the Tales of 
a W yside Inn while the others were busily engaged with their needles. 

Wednesday, March 10, 1937 Cold and windy 

Guests who come tell us about all sorts of occupations, things that 
they do professi nally. We hear about the Butcher, the Baker, the 
Candle-stick maker. Today we heard from Mrs. Howard Wood about her work 

a Broadcaster on the Radio. She is in charge of a Homemakers Exchange 
on the Station of W J A R. Phis station is in Providence, R. I. Mrs. 
Wood says that she often tells her homemakers about places -"here she he a 
been to eat. She has been to the Inn and mentioned it in her Broadcast 
moste than once. 

Thursday, March 11, 1937 Cold 

Found i The ~ne person in Massachusetts who has never heard of 
or seen the Wayside Inn. At leaat Mrs. Lame had never known that the 
Waysdie Inn existed until today. "And I have lived in Mo -sachusetts 
all my life" she said. Mra. Lame's neice had heard of the Inn, however, 
and ha- been here several times. Tod-y she wanted to give her ^unt 
• treat and thought a visit to the Inn would be pleasant* Mrs. Lme 
wa delighted with the place. M< ny of the old things put her in mind 
of her childhood when she remembered churning butter and using ? .foot- 
stove. We were interested Ln the things she had to tell us, but we could 
not seem to forget the fact that Mrs. Lame had lived in Ma ssachu^tts 
ofor approximately 70 years and had not heard about the Wayside Inn 
until today. 


Friday, March 1?, 1937 Pleasant 


Id lay Miss Fisher has been entertaining us with on recount 
of her vacation trip which was spent for the most part at 
Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville is the home of the 
University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson; its buildings 
being beautifully designed and built by him. Hiss Fisher spent 
a day at Williamsburg, Mf. Rockefeller's Reconstructed city. She 
was impressed with the meal served at the Travis House and the 
service of negro waiters who passed the food about with a great deal 
of Southern elegance and style. Miss Fisher visited the Capital, 
the Raleigh Tavern and Governor's Palace and noted the hostesses 
dressed in costumes of the Period. She remarked on the reconstruction 
of all the buildings and added that she was glad to be back where things 
were really and truly old! 

Saturday, M^rch 13, 1937 Snow 

The long, looked for and long-awainted snow-storm descended upon 
us today and covered the Inn with a deep, white blanket. Some city 
girls from a Settlement Houso in Boston threw snow balls back and 
forth in the fr.^nt yard. Mr. and Mrs. Gookin from Cambridge sat first 
in front of one window and then another to view the fresh white scene 
outside. Mr. Coulter shovelled paths and in the Old Kitchen Mafy w?^ 
busy fixing things for an Old Kitchen dinner. A team of horses went 
lazily by and large pieces of hard snow appeared on the floor of the 
front hall. All unusual incidents for th s winter. Mr. Gookin re- 
rarked that this was probably our last snow-storm of the season. In 
other words it is really our first and last snow-storm. 



Sunday, Mar 21 , 1937 CI oudy 

Connoisseurs of food; people who make a critical juhgeiDent of 
fools, ire often among our meal guests . We are not always iws re of 
this fact. loday, however, we learned that -. Catherine M. Balbri ige, 

Inner guest, is the lady who is schedule - conduct s cooking sch< .<! 
in Marlboro this week. Surely Mrs. B^l r ■-;. ,^ e knows good food and we feel 
somewhat flattered that she chose to come bo the Wayside Inn foi Be 1. 

,/, M r !2, 1337 Pleasant 

Id have sat in a c :nce occupied bj the Generals Lafayette 

an" tngton, gvve one of today's visitors ; 11 . Our 

guest vt s blind, lie spoke to the hostess with much enthusi 
in wl • e once s°t i >wned by er king; a man irho 

made thousands f I »llars selling Baking powder, rhis was, apparently, 
•*; great event in the life of the blin.i young man. But when the hostess 
suggested that he sit in our writing-arm Windsor chair (said bo I ve been 
sat in by Washington and Lafayette) :ur guest expressed even greater 
pleasure. i : e grinned ad we felt th t this simple, little In- 

it Lven one person a big "mount f 3 Lness. 

Tuesday, Mar 23, 1937 Pie- sant 

Ihirty-four guests for luncheon bstantial number tc tie t^t : l 

Is served today. The group was c i I of young men and womsn from t v e 

Pratt Institute In Brooklyn, New York. Ihey are students in the Llbr 

Training School and are spen I aj iys in Boston. They seeae". be have 

a good time and listened attentively i Lss lie told the story of the 

24, 1937 Pleasant 

Whenever Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bowker frc jester w nt to celebr-te 

^n P nniversary, they come to the Wayside Inn. loday, Mrs. Bowker had a 
Birthday. Consequently there was n party ' j t the Inn. rhis time Mr. Bowker 
appeared with a l~rge coke, iecorated most artistically in pole blue and pink 
icing. In the hustle and bustle of getting the Birt3 ~y t-ble arrange , 
Miss Fisher was able to supply some caniy Easter chickens, add .ng more 
party spirit to the occasion. 


Thursday, Mar 25, 1937 Co] q cloudy 

It gave much happiness to Mr. and Mrs. John ff. Kearsley of Hopedale, 

•3ochusetts bo see our dancing cl?ss this afternoon. As tl n tched the 

children in the various figures of the Quadrille, we could set Mr. Kearsley 
keeoing time with his feet; as if he could well remember doing the S'iine steps 
himself. Mr. and Mrs. Kearsley are now getting 'long in years. Today 
was their 48th Wedding Anniversary. Every year for the p»st seven they have 
spent this particular lay at the Wayside Inn. 

Friday, H r 26, 1937 Pleasant 

Our first thought each morning is whether or not we are to have 1-a-ge 
number of guests. If the weather is clouJy or rainy then we expect a q uiet 

But if the sun is shining then we prepare f ys busine~'. 

We ^re often surprise!, however, by the reverse order of t'r ngs! \ r r iny lay 
wijI br'ng many visitors tnd pie s nt y only ~ few. Ihus was the case t 
when we thought of the Easter week-end and th s very pleasant "Good Friday" 
We did a gooJ business, but not quite as much as anticipated. 

Saturday, M r 27, 193" Pleasant 

One might have paid e g~ nission price to he^r Br. John R. 
Hathaway, guest, give a discourse on Indian lire this afternoon. After 
making a trip through the house, Mr. Hathaway showed us a snail tool chest. In 
each little drawer were different types of arrow heads; that is, arrow he 
made of different kinds of stone. Mr. Hathaway explained each one carefully, 
told us where it was found and particular features regarding it. he also t-^ld 
us much about habits and traits of the Indians. 


Sunday, March 28, 1957 P lea tant 

Of special interest on Easter, is the wepther. Today the sun 
shone warm and brightly, but there n \ sharp, chill wind. G^y 
hots md bright co- j ts n :re not in evidence is is customary on Easter 
Sunday. A number of Spring flowers were seen, however. Yellow 
jonquils decorated the tables in the dining room "ni many of the I ly 
guests wore boquets. Over two hundred people were serve"-. Yellow 
bunnies and pink icing iecorated ^n Easter-Birthday cakepresented at 
the t^ble of a Mr. Bowen. 

Monday, March 29, 1937 Pleasant 

Guests who came to the Bar to order te n this afternoon, found a 
Japanese doll standing very still on the shelf of the Bar. Ire oil is 
Yoshiko Otsuki. Mr. Yukio Otsuki, our J-p-nese friend from the Mass. 
Institute of Technology named her for his sister and presented her to the 
Wayside Inn. Yoshiko is s kind of farewell gift for Mr. Otsuki informed 
us today that he is leav ing shortly for his native count ryl "My mother 
dressed the doll", Mr. Otsuki explained, "and felt so prcwd of it she sent 
it to mel" The doll is a sweet little thing and wears 5 mask because 
she is supposed to be a dancer. Her long kimona is rc^ie of a gorgeous 
piece of silk brocade with gold and red figures . 

lyesday, March 30, 1937 Pleasant 

It has often been explained that the Redstone School occupies ■ 
large place in the heart of the Wayside Inn. Therefore we do not think it 
amiss to record an interesting bit of information about Mary Sawyer 
(the Mary in the poem of "Mary Had e Little Lamb"). A guest told us to- 
day that tn the McLe -n Hospital for the Insane at Waverly, Massachusetts 
can be seen sn Orange tree which belonged to Mary Sawyer Tyler. The 
McLean Hospital was formerly in Somerville where Mary lived. Sometimes 
oranges from this tree are used rfor Thanksgiving dinner, which rce?ns, 
ofcourse, that the tree is now a very large one. 

Wednesday, March 51, 1937 Cole. 

The good old loaves :>f bread and pies and things that II idame Howe 

used to make for her guests at the Wayside Inn cime forth from the 
depths of the Brick oven on - so-called Peel. A peel is ?. kind of flat 
shovel with a long handle and the one used by Madame Howe ws of hand 
wrought iron. We know this for a f-?ct because today the very oven peel 
used at the Waysdie Inn was brought home. It str • ye i s we y in 191- 
when Mr. Lemon presented it to Mr. A rthur Leslie Green of Newport, Rhode 
Island. The story is, that Mr. Lemon Thristmas p~rty and on the tree 
was this oven peel r is a token of friendship from Mr. Leiion to Mr. Green. 
It was a f ne thought for Mr. Green to return the peel t"> its original place. 


Thursday, April 1, 1957 Cold 

At the dinner hour today, we were especia lly busy. In the midst 
of a small "rush", a group of boys, boys of Riga School ige, cane into 
the Bar-room. Ihey asked the hostess the price of dinner. When she 
quoted the price, the boys heaved a sigh I Ihey lacked $1.50 of the tot 1 
amount neededl For a moment it lookei as if they would h->ve to forego the 
pleasure of dinner ;t the Wayside Inn. Then a guiet youth in the back- 
ground came to the rescue. "See here, boys", he said, r T -, ven't done mud 
towards the trip so, so I'll give the 1.50. rhese five young men lingerei 
long at tiie dinner table, ihey laughed tnd joked I Other guests in the 
dining room become intereatea and introduced themselves inforsl lly. It 
ieveloped th j .t the boys irere enjoying a two-day sight seeing sojourn in 
New England. Their English teachei given them \ certain amount of money 
to be spent only for the purpose of buying b meal at the Wayside Inn. On 
leaving, .all declared that this long-looke d-f or event ws nrt in the least 
disappointing. The quiet youth 9 Ld that he felt juatifiel in contributing 
the extra '1.50. The jpous c^me from Rutherford, New Jwrsey. 

Friday, April Z, 1956 Cloudy 

A demure, quaint little girl carried a large note book and pencil 
in hand today and as the hostess explained thhigs, a drawing was made in the 
note book. First a sq upre was drawn to represent the room itself. Then 
each piece of furniture was placed in its proper position. A fter two or 
three rooms had been covered i this way, the child explained that she I 
been chosen to head a group of eight children who were to write a bout the 
Yfayside Inn. "I have told -11 the children to come to the T nn, but me, 
this is going to be a big job", sighed the iemure little maid. It lid 
seem a bit tedious to the hostess an ; the child was snowing signs of fa tigue. 
Therefore, there was a consultation and the pla n fully explained. A final 
decision w s made to assign each child one room only. ft list : r the eight 
most Important rooms was given. In this wa y, the ts sk will be simplifie" 
and clarified. 

Saturday , April 3, 1937 Cloudy 

"I love this pi ace. When I'm in this part of the country I always 
make it a point to come here. I love all this old stuff, its gre^.t, just 
the kind of thing that suits me. When I came to the Rodeo 1^3t ye f ;r I 
stopped here. Can't go by. Nov/ when I'm in Oklahoma - - " So 'jn jnd on 
goes Mr. Frank Mix whenever he makes a vi lit to the Wayside Inn. He cime 
today. Short and brusque in his speech -.n i with what we might call b£«- typical 
cow-boy manners, he is, nevertheless, genuine and sincere. He is a cousin 
of lom Mix, famed movie actor and a goo; frien the l"te Will Rogers . 


Sunday, April 4, 1937 Cloudy 

Two or three lays ago we received three charming letters. They 
were written by small children *.n the Broadbrook, Connecticut school. 
The letters, in large childish handwriting, informed U3 that on Sunday 
morning, April 4th, a group of children with their teacher would visit 
the Inn. We were watching and wa iting this morning and sure enough, 
about 11 o'clock, a bunch of little boys and girls with a tall teacher 
appeared. They were quiet, little youngster:'. . Ltl large bright eyes 
and . istened to every word of the hostess. The h?stess praise' b 
for the though tfulness and p^ins t^ken to write us the nice letters. 
iSore frequently we receive letters after a visit r ther than before. 

Monday, April 5, 1937 Cloudy and c 

When Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker from Worcester -iir.e ,: here on last 
Friday evening, Mr. Bowker wrote the following lines as he sat it the 
dinner table. Inst: ' "On the Window at Su-ibury" - referring to the 
famous verse by Wn Holineaux, Mr. Bowker begins: 

On the dinner table: 

My health is good 
By features roun I 
Good things of life do me 

By very soul is free from sin 
Mine host s been the 
Wayside Inn 

Tuesday, April 6, 1937 In 

"Ha ppy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you'' — sang 10 little 
girls in the dining room today as a little Miss Blanchard cut a large 
cake on her 10th Birthday. After luncheon 10 lovely gifts were opened in 
the samll Ball-room where the party adjourned for games. It w a r- re 
treTt for these young ladles to dine out. Later they went tc the sheep 
barn to see the baby lambs aid goats. 

Wednesday, ^pril 7, 193/ rtly cloudy 

Miss Margery Fisher, aister of our Miss Fisher, is a tea cher in the 
Belmont, Massachusetts Day School. Eo->~y she brou^ it id of her pupils for 
luncheon at the Inn. during the afternoon i visit was mi he be .*ee the new 
born lambs. Mr. hebe, caretaker - : n t a sheep b-rn, let tie children b 
i baby lamb in the! - La pleased the b^ys and to irls beyond war 
Not very long after the te ,: cher ieparted, ■ teleph ne c 11 came froir the 
school asking if a Wayside Inn larab could be purchase:!. The children wa nt 
one to keep ^.'t their school for a pet. 


Ihursd-y, April 8, 1937 Cloudy 

A I shaped arrangement of tables in the new dining room made a 
fine setting for a large dinner tonight. Ihe dinner w.-.s held by Banking 
executives from Hudson, Bass* Forty-two men were served, Baking a total 
of 106 for the day. 

Friday, April J&, 1937 Rain 

Miss DeMille wa s surprised this morning when a large Bus load o£ 
young ladies arrived. Ihey were members of the Wheaton College , Illinois, 
Glee Club. When Miss DeMille learned this fact she asked then to sing. 
Ihey willingly responded with "Ihe Lord 3e With You." One of the girls 
ployed "Ave Maris" and "Chinese Lull 3 by n on Miss DeMille' a violin. From 
the friendly walls of the Bar-rpom th is lovely music resounded through the 
old house. Miss Fisher heard it on the third floor. Agnes listened from 
the pantry. It was a grea t treat for us and likewise for these young 
students, ihey seemed unusually sci stive of i visit be the Wayside Inn. 

Saturday, Aprils, 1937 Pleasant 

A Children's Friendship lour conducted by a man Ls wife fr 
Framingham, case to the Inn this afternoon. The group consisted of 
children from several towns n and around Boston. 

Abbott Graves, artist, was e member of the Paint and Clay Club, 
frequenters of the Inn during Mr. Lemon's regime. His widow and daughter 
paid us a visit this week. 

An enthusiastic visitor o£ last Monday was Rev. Wm. F. S : t of 
A uburn, Mass. In 19d8 Rev Smith was in charge of the Catholic parish 
in Sterling, Mass. On a visit to the Wayside Inn in that year he gave a 
short talk to pupils of the Redstone School. 

Exactly one hundred guests were served tad; . 


Sunday, April 11, 1937 Partly cloudy 

The hostess must m-int-in her poise under any circumstances; that is, 
she neels to remain lignifiea -aid courteous whatever t'.e moment brings forth. 
Sometimes it is a very funny happening and °gin it may be a ve^y 3' thin, . 
But we are dealing with hum-n nature :n i its uncertainties. Therefore we 
find it necessary to quickly adjust ourselves tr> the various types of human 
beings who c:>me to the Wayside Ir.n. Ihey are varied sa to ~ge; old men Find 
young women, tiny tots gni middle aged parents. Their interests in life are 
varied. There are clertymen and business Hen, -etc.. lawyers - . Wit :ne 
person, we find 3-urselves symapthizing over the loss of ; iear member of the 
family snd in the next instr.nt, we might say , we are laughing with b *!*rie^i : ■ 

• told an amusing story. Ifith the very small children we try t- ' tely 
win their confiience. Sophisticated modern boys and irl^ lege require 

ifferent treatment. Phus the Wayside Inn hostess meets, as best she c^n, 
these interesting changes throughout s busy Sunday. 

Monday, April 12, 1937 . tly cloudy 

It has been a long time since the Wayside Inn appeared in print; that 
a newspaper account or magazine article has been written "bout it. Every now and 
then, however, the Wayside Inn is mentioned in contemporary literature. In 
connection with Longfellow, we fine it spoken of in the recent book called The 
Flowering of New England" by Van Wyck Brooks. This is a book of exceptional 
merit in its discussion of the literary characters of Ne?. England in the first 
half of the half o f the 19th century; Longfellow, Emerson, Ihare iu, Hawthorne, 
Mr. Brooks says that our poet ranged over New England, Norway, It^ly and Sp ain 
in the Tales of a Wayside Inn, "the old Sulbury Tavern on the p ost road to 
New York, where he resembled in fancy in imitation of Chaucer, some of 
friends, the poet Dr. Parsons, the Sicilian Luigi Monti the landlord I . we 

In the April issue of ''Y-nkee" a comparatively new magazine, are photographs 
of some od the ,'!0C old houses of New Engl nd aen to the Public. A nice picture 
of the Wayside Inn is shown. 

Tuesday, April 13, 193. P rtly cloudy 

Everywhere abound the Inn there are indications that Spring is here, 

mas raked 
Lilacs bu I 5 e' : 

I'i-y different birds 
Board walks re 
Plants uncover e 
Straw hats 



j s longer 


Wednesd ly, April 14, 1937 Pleasant and worm 

Another Glee Club favored us with g visit today, but not wi,th vocal 
selections aa did the group of last week. Ihis time the 36 students were 
a 11 young men, members of the North P.rk College hen's Glee Club of CM , 
Illinois. Ihey were to sing n the Swedish Congregati nal Church in Boston 
this evening. 

Thursday , April 15, 1937 Cloudy and Warm 

Ihe other evening we receive! s telephone call from Washington, D. C. 
asking if Colonel Walter C. I I inner guest \ ere. VJe know Eolonel 

B"ker well. He . B*ier ore frequent ..inner guests and ver^ often bring 
friends with thee. We have met General and \ Imirals and c ll kinds of ranking 
officers of the Army and N-^vy through the Bakers, roday^ the Boston Globe 
printed - picture and story about Colonel Baker. His app intment as chief of 
the Chemical Warfare Service with the r°.nk of M gor General h< s Just been 

Friday, April 16, 1937 rtly clouiy 

Ihe dancing clasa of the Redstone School had an appreciative audience 

this afternoon. At just about lancing time, 24 youngsters from the 8th 
Grade in Bellingham Center, Massachusetts came to see the house, lifter the 
usual tour through the rooms, this group sat iown quietly in the large Boll 
room and watched our children dance. Hiss Oehme, the teacher w~s much pleased 
with the on-lookers ana afterwards expressed a desire to have "11 children 
in small country schools have the advantage of learning the old fashioned 
dances. She said that it had always been her dream to have lancing classes 
made possible for children in the out-of-the-way District Schools. Ihe 
Bellingham Center School is just such a school and we -re glad that these 
children had the opportunity this afternoon of seening the dances executed. 

Saturday, April 17, 1937 ? leasant r 

"Billy" Phelps, aa he is generally called around the Yale campus, was 
here today. His modesty, we suppose, prevented him from disclosing his 
iientity immediately on arrival, but a member of his party took the hostess 
aside and ann unced that the man with broad face, pleasnat smile and bright 
eyes wa Proffessor Phelps. He remarked that he had come at Mr. Ford's 
request. Mis courteous manner and deep interest 'n the house charmed us s 11. 
After luncheon and a trip through the house, he was asked to sign in the 
Pegister book. This is what he wrote: 

A wonderful place 
Gratefully y^urs, 

William Lyon Phelps 

Another Childrens Friendship Tour visited tie house today. Ihis time 
children sow the house, iivided into groups ) each. 


Sunday, April 18, 1937 

Pie isant 

Miss Louise Brooks and her nephew, week-end guests, have 
been taking long w Iks around the Inn and hare reported seeing 
about 15 different kinds of birds in the vicinity. Hiss Brooks 
made a list of them for us. Mr. Edward Brooks, the nephew, is 9 
his torisn of some note. He baa written a biography of a Revol- 
utionary hero, as yet unpublished. Miss Brooks bold us that this 
wa.- the firtst ime her nephew had visiter the Inn '-ma Sue said:" He 
is completely sold on the plicel" 

Some of the birds seen by Miss Brocks. 


Song sparrow 

Field sparrow 
C row 
Wood duck 



M onday, April 19, 1937 Very w 

We felt today that we were, in a way, having >ur own celebration 
on the anniversary of the Battle of Concord and Lexington. No 
military para des passed our ioor, and no b- j n:ls played patriotic 
music, but in the Inn we had several pieces to remind us of the ^.-j. 
Our guests showed more than usual hnterest *s we drew their attention 
to the prints made by Paul Revere, to the gun hanging over the fire- 
piece used in the Battle of Concord and Lexington, and seemed to enjoy 
the few lines quoted from the "Landlord's I ale". 

Ihis is the most summery dry we haVe had so far and sightseers 
c^me in great numbers. 

172 Meals were served 

Members of I he D'Oyley Carte Bpera Company of London signed in 
our guest book. They are presenting Gilb .rt and Sulliv:n Operas at the 
Colonial Theatre in Boston. 

Tuesday, April 10, 1937 


Hardly a day goes by without a few bic ycle riders paying us a visit. 
One day last week some boys and girls came ^ut from mbrii^e, twc of the 
group riding on a tandem. Yeste day eleven girl scouts and c ampfire girls 
rode over with their leaders from the Youth II ostel in Nobscot. Many of 
these camps have been opened throughout M usetts to encourage bicycle 
riding. The girls were thrilled wit] their visit and when they a rrived 
here, were on their my to visit Concord, Lexin?tan and to stay over night 
at Cedar Hill, a girl scout c imp in If ltham, returning to their homes in 
Quincy tonight. 


Wednesday, April 21, 1937 Cloudy 

This h c s been ° day of lays for school groups. Stfl rtlng ea rly 
this morning children seemed to come from everywhere . The first to come 
were little fourth graders from the Elmdale School in Uxbridge. While 
they were still in the house another little group arrived.. . the Sunshine 
4 H Club from the Community Center, West Newton. Other groups were from: 

The North End Nurse ry School 
Phi Delta Phi Sorority of Maiden high SchooJ 
The Newsboys' Fjun d-- tion, Boston 
Childrens' Friendship lour 

Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Liversidge of CynwyJ, Pa. were overnight guests 
again last night. They have : sunnier hone in Kennebunkport, Maine and 
always plan to stay with us when going to, or coming bock from there. 

Thursday, April 22, 1937 Heavy rain 

Very few guests ventured out in the storm tola y. We have been 

thinking of Miss Staples aping that the weather man s being gc 

to her while she is on her few lays trip to New Jersey. 

Friday, April 25, 1937 Rain - Light snow 

during night 

The Southwest and Redstone School children a re enjoying their 
Spring vac ation so no dancing cla sses were held this afternoon. The 
boys classes were held as usual this evening. 

We thing the boys and girls a re doing very well ind they certo inly 
enjoy the favor dances. Miss Deface has many original Lde i introduces 
something different each week. 

I.les. Austill of Framinghara cam* y with 40 pupils on a 

Children's Friendship lour. 

Saturday, A pril 24, 1937 Pleasant 

It is unusual to turn away overnight guests at this time of year. 
But such w*> the case today. We lacked accomodation for 15 psoole v 
would have liked to spend the night here. Consequently every room we 
had available was occupied. Our overnight guests included Mr. ndnM s. 
Fred Black and daughter Joyce from Dearborn. Also our old frienis Mr. n. 
Stillman from Westerly R. I., a lovely family including two children ~n.; 
a "Grandpa" from Bridgeport, Conn, and • sweet young bri ie and groom. 


Youth Hostels Idea 
^Kpreaos^Across U. S. 

During the past few years the fanned for those who like to live 
Youth Hostel movement has sprung 

up in America in answer to a need 
voiced by the young people of this 
country to get away from city pave- 
ments and apartment houses into 
the open. A large percentage of 
these young people, with deep-root- 
ed desire and longing for travel, 
found that even though their bi- 
cycles provided economical means 
of locomotion they were handi- 
capped because of the lack of suit- 
able low-cost overnight lodgings. 

It was to fill this need that the 
American Youth Hostel Association, 
Inc., was formed and the first Youth 
Hostel established at Northfield by 
Isabel and Monroe Smith. Today 
there are over 80 such hostels in New 
England alone and the movement 
has spread throughout the whole 

Four thousand Youth Hostels exist 
in 18 countries throughout the 
world, and in 1934 the American 
Youth Hostel Association was recog- 
nized as the 18th to be included in 
the International Youth Hostel 

A Youth Hostel building includes 
separate sleeping rooms for girls 
and boys, separate washrooms and 
like facilities, a common kitchen, 
dining room, and recrea'ional room, 
and private quarters for parents. 

Each Youth Hostel is primarily in- 
tended for those who travel by bi- 
cycle, though hikers and horseback 
riders are also hostelers. They are 

ruggedly and simply, like to cook 
their own meals and who wish — 
or must — travel economically. De- 
spite the name, "Youth Hostels," the 
facilities of each is open to anyone 
ranging in age from 4 to 94. 

The American Youth Hostel or- 
ganization issues passes — a so-called 
youth pass being valid for an indi- 
vidual under 25 and costing $1; an 
adult pass, for anyone over 25, costfc 
ing $2; a family or organization pass, 
for a group of not more titan 10, 
costing $5. Any American Youth 
Hostel pass entitles the holder to 
the use of all Youth Hostels in the 
world, and during the first five 
months of 1936, 1897 passes were 
issued, which would seem to indi- 
cate a strong interest in the move- 

Any one who holds an American 
Youth pass is free to become a mem- 
ber of the Youth Hostel Council 
whose privilege it is to suggest 
changes of policy to the national 

In addition to the cost of the pass, 
an overnight fee of 25 cents is 
charged at each hostel. This in- 
cludes bed, blankets and all hostel 
facilities. Fuel costs an added 5 
cents to 10 cents, depending on the 
season of the year, and for those who 
bring their own tents and blankets 
and do not stay over night in the 
hostel, the charge is 10 cents per 
traveler, plus 5 cents for fuel. 


iundsy, April 25, 1937 


The overnight guests required our at tent ion this 
morning. The Fatten family drove off early toward! their 
home in Connecticut. Mr. ■ n- . . .tillraan rode around the 
vicinity in search of antique -hops. The Bride and Groom 
decided to stsy over another day. Mr. and Mrs. Black aid 
Joyce bid farewell about eleven o'clock. The rest of the 
day was well spent in taking c?re of a large number of 
dinner quests; 206 in all. 

Monday, April 26, 1937 


The lambs have been as popular as ever thi - Spring. 

The other day a gentleman *arae to the door end a.. ked to be 
directed to the lambs. 6 don't cs;re about seeing the Inn 

in, ve came purposely to visit the lambs. A friend told 
us to come" he said. Mi ny of our guests now plan an annual 
pilgrimage to our sheep barn in the Spring. 

Joseph McDoncld 
with a. 1937 lsmb 


Tuesday, April 27, 1937 Rain 

Dr. and Mr . Schaper, overnight guests la.jt night, 
vere quiet, modest people. Ws found them standing on the 
front door step in the evening watching for the man to come 
and light the lamps in the yard. Then we got a little better 
acquainted. Dr. Schaper "wrrmed up" and told us about a 
wonderful trip which he has planned. Starting by motor err 
fro:?. California, the Schapers have circled the southern half 
of the United States and New England. The latter part of May 
they will sail from New York for Europe. Coning back to the 
United States their journey- home will take the;: over the 
northern part of the U. 3. and Canada. "7e*re taking it leisure 
ly" , said Dr. schaper, "and expect to be away from, hone for 
about 2 years. 


."ednesday, April 28, 1937 rtly rain 

v:e've found out that Mr. and Mrs . Austill live in Fra: - 
ingham and that Mr. Au... till ; is the new Presbyterian minister 
there. This Spring the Austills started Friendship Tours for 

hool children. Children fror. neighboring towns are invited, 
at a certain cost - to join in an all day sight-seeing tour of 
historic places. This plan has proved to be very successful. 
More children than were expected hr-ve enrolled r nd have enjoyed 
the trip beyond any expectations. The Wayside Inr. has been 
includsd in the Austin's itinerary and we have entertained 
several hundred of their children in the pa . t two weeks. Today, 
four bus lords from Ho pedals . arrived on the Friendship 
Tour schedule. 

Thursday, April 29, 1937 Fair 

An attractive youngster fron Vermont was being entertained 
at dinner this evening. Her hosts were Mr. and Mrs Fyles, 
an elderly couple and their guest a sweet young lady. She 
seemed 8 little country-f ied, but alert and keen to know of 
everything about the Inn. ",'e told her of the dancing class 
which was held this evening. She watched our boys and girls 
for a few minute ■ and then was invited by one of the boys to 
join in the dancing. 'Veil, we looked on then, and found the 
young lady to be full;of smiles and interested in all the old 
ste joon she was having the tino of her life, r ., Mr . 
Fyle j expressed it. We c ^gine what it meant to this 
rr.oce st little girl. :n she returns to her small village in 
Vermont, this dancing class at ide Inn will stand out as 
a great big event. 

?;ayside inn diary 

Friday, April 30, 1937 Pleasant 

The evening groups of visitor.: differ eme what front the 
day-time grouos. For one thing, they consist of more men; 
business, rnen who ?re relaxing at the tima of their evening meal. 
Evening guests like to linger around the fireplace ;. Frequently 
they are people, who come a^ the gue_ts of friend-. Mr. 3o and 
3o is entertaining his be or the Jones family has brought 
the Brown family to dinner at the "'ayside Inn. Some tires tliey 
want their friends to hear about the house; sometimes they want 
to talk among themselves in a semi-circle near the fire-place. 
Quests tonight were three executives of the Crosby-" ; aahburn 
Company from Minneapolis - guests of Mr. and Mrs. Schall; Mr.S^u^w 
of Lever Bros, in Cambridge. After a trip through the house, 
books and post tarda v.ere bought for the families back home. 

Saturday, May 1, 193 7 Pleasant 

The writer waa not at the Inn today, but she heard on 
all; sides, about a new family who visited the Inn today. The 
family, consisting of mother, father and three children, have 
recently come to live in America from Ana tr alia. They will 
be near us, in Lancaster, Iftasa* From reports of their interaat 
and enthusiasm for the house wo expect to aaa them frequently. 
The mother waa a sweet, lovely lady and the daughters were 
beautiful; to look at. One daughter is a lover of horses and 
when visiting the Royal Stables in London, waa presented horse ^/ 
shoes from the saddle horses of Princess Elizabeth and Prince 

rgaret Rose. The whole family were so kind ana friendly that 
they made a deep impression. Wa hone that they will eventually 
become members of the Icrge Wayadda Inn family. 


Sunday May 2, 1937 Pleasant 

The vogue of going out for Breakfa t struck the Wayside Inn 
this morning. Four pretty young ladies from Wellesley College 
decided to have breakfast here. They made an early start and arrived 
at the Inn before eight o 1 clack. One of the girls explained that 
she wa~> born and brought up in Massachusetts nn3 wanted to 3how her 
class mates the "sights". The class mates represented three different 
states, Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Dakota. Wellesley College girls 
in the "old" days used to ride over to the Inn on bicycles. We doubt, 
however, if they ever arrived in time for Breakfa -»t. 

Monday, May 3, 1937 Pleasant 

A kindly, white haired gentleman gave his order for luncheon this 
noon under the name of Maxfield P-^rrish. When we asked Lf he was an 
artist he modestly confesss.d to bing the well known painter. Instantly 
th se pictures of several years ago case bo our mind, the blues and 
orange" colors which Mr. Parrish blended so beautifully. In making the 
unusual settings in deep tones of blue, Mr. P rrish identified himself 
as an outstanding artist. He registered from Cornish, New H mpshire, 
the artist colony noted as the residence of St. Gaudens, the sculptor. 

Tuesday, May 4, 1937 Cloudy 

We have tried to prepare ourselves for almost any emergency. The 
emergency today arose when a lady from New Hampshire informod us that 
this was her Birthday. She said it in such a way that it made us feel 
as if we would like to go right down to the Kitchen and make her a large 
cake and put candles on it. Time, ofcourse, prevented. Instead, Miss 
DeMille ran to the Emergency drairer and pulled out ribbon and a oaper 
doiley. Then she went ot the Garden *nd ricked a few hyacinths and 
daffodils. In a very short time a sweet little boquet was made and put 
on the luncheon table at the place of our lady from New Hampshire. Im- 
agine her surprise when she saw the quaint little nosegayl That she was 
surprised and delighted is putting it mildly. The nosegay stayed pinned 
on her dress Tor the rest of the arternoon and we imagine that the thought 
of it will remian through many a long day. 

Wednesday, May 5, 1937 Cloudy 

Today ire began unpiling the oile of reservations which have been 
accumalatin'T for the past several months. Ucny reservations have been 
made in advnce for l°rge luncheon and dinner groups during the months of 
My and June. TheBe re kept in a special place behind the Bar and include 
reservations for womens clubs, convention groups, various societies and 
schools. Some if them are annual affair 3 j a class reunion or a Spring 
luncheon. The latter was the case today when the Ayer, Ma^s. Womans Club 
held their luncheon here. Seventy-nine members were present. 

wayside :nn d ary 

SAM op gas MMPffi m 

Ono autumn night, in Sudbury torn, 
Across the moadows bsaio and brown, 
Tho windows of tho Wayside Inn 
Gloamod rod with f iro-light thru 

tho loavos 
Of woodbine, hanging from the oaves 
Their crimson curtains rent and thin. 


As ono Lent is this hostelry 
As any in tho land may be 
Built in tho old colonial day 
When men lived in a grander way 
With ampler hospitality. 

Then silence followo^jthon bogan 
A clamor for tho Landlord's talo- 
. .(And) Finding excuse of no avail 
Yioldod* and thus tho story ran* 


"Listen, my children, and you shall 

Of tho midnight ride of Paul Rovoro, 
On tho eighteenth of April, ln f 75, 
Hardly a man is now alive 
Who remembers that famous day and year. 

Sheets .like the above are distributed 
to evenry child in the Friendship Tour groups. 


Thursday, May 6, 1937 P rtly cloudy 

Once in a while a guest will tell U3 some particular thing about 
the Inn which we have never heard of or read about. A gentleman today 
pointed to a beam in the Bar room ceiling. He told us that on it, if 
we looked closely, we would find round marks like rings. Mr. Lemon 
told the gentleman that these marks were made during the Revolutionary 
War when soldiers coming into the Bar-room put the ends of their muskets - 
the barrell end - up aginst the Beam. On close examination we found the 
r'ngs and also measured the end of our Revolutionary musket against them. 
This makes an interesting story for our guests. The small boys especially 
will enjoy it. 

Friday, My 7, 1937 Cloudy 

Loud applause came from the direction of the Ball room this evening 
as our boys and girls performed a Singing Quadrills. That seems to be 
a favorite dance with the cla ss. Many of our dinner guests enjoyed it 
too. They sat very still watching it and when ended, they clapped their 
hands and asked for iiore. Miss Oehme said that she had planned to have 
the class in soihe other dance, but when she wsaw the unusually large 
number of on-lookers, she changed her mind and asked for the Singing 
Quadrille. Some of the guests joined in a Waltz and several stayed 
through to the last grand march when couples bowed to each other in a 
formal "Goodnight". One gentleman said th->t this was the best evening he 
had spent in a long time. 

Saturday, May 8, 1937 Partly cloudy 

Naturally we want to write again about Mr. and Mrs* Austill because 
they have been very sweet to us this week. They sent us a large box 
of candy in appreciation of our kindness to their many children. La^.t 
week we told in the diary of the Friendship Tour groups and what a fine 
thing Mr. and Mrs. Austill are doing in giving hundreds of children the 
opportunity of visiting historical places. Today they came again - 4 Bus 
loads in the morning and 6 Bus leads in the afternoon - 40 children to a 
Bus. Therefore we were kept n;ore than busy all day. Added to the Friend- 
ship Tours were other school groups during the day. These included: 

'lillbury, Mass Junior High School 
Lakeview School - Yv'orcester 
Peterboro, N. H. High School 
Boy Scouts from Westerly, R. I. 

oses Brown School, Providence, R. I. 
Ballard School, East Saugus, Mass. 

In the evening 40 members of the Queens of Avalon Society in Marlboro 
celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a diimer in the large dining room 
and entertainment later in the Ball-room. 


Sunday, may 9, 1937 Partly cloudy 

^others Day brought to the Inn several faaily parties with a ..other 
a guest of honor. Over 300 people were served in the dining room. Sixty 
came for Breakfast. They were members of the Catholic Womans Club fro..: 
Concord, Lia ss. L rge sprays of apple blossoms decorated the dining roo ..: 
and made a lovely May time setting. A violin and piano furnished music. 
Familiar tunes were piayed including selections from "kaytime", the popular 
musical comedy by Jerome Kern. 

Monday, way 10, 1937 Cloudy 

Two gentlemen started to hear the story of the house today. Very soon 
in the proceedings the hostess discovered that these guests were more In- 
terested In the furniture than In the history of the house. They were on 
their knees looking under tables =md feeling of the spindles in b^cks of 
chairs. Then one would say to the other: "isn't tins a beauty, or did you 
notice the wood here". All through the house, the hostess had a d'ff'cult 
time "getting a v;ord in edgeways". She understood, however. One gentle- 
man was the buyer of furniture at Bullocks, a very large store "n Los Angeles. 
The other was the Interior Decorator In the same store. 

Tuesday, May 11, 1937 Pleasant 

A meeting which lasted nearly all day wa - held in the Small Ball root . 
It started at 9 o'clock th s corning with a groun of men singing hymns. 
Echoes of their voices came dov.-n to us and resounded through the hruse. 
They were Y. li. C. A. Secretaries holding a monthly luncheon -eet'ng. 

This evening a dinner was served in the old kitchen. Not cooked n 
front of the fire but served there from our very up-to-date modern kitchen. 


Wednesday, May 12, 1937 


Recent Visitors 

Barbara Jo Long of 21C 
Riverway, Boston : .n our 
little ch Ids chair fro-:: the 

A group of Girl Scouts 
Apr":! 19, 1957 

r. ?mi . r3. Ralph C. 
Patenter and fat Lly 
fro Spr ngfleld, Lass. 
all descendants of the 
Par: enter". Picture 
tnken it our "Pan enter 
Si ster 3" hou "?e. 


Thursday, May, 15, 1937 Cloudy 

Several large groups visited the Inn today. All of theE stayed for 
lunch. Briefly they were as follows: 

The Alturian Club from Shirley, Lia 3S. w 4 th 32 nimbers. 
Same club at the Inn in 1898. 

Worn an s Club of Herrinac, ''ass. with ?.l ladies transported 
here in a Bus. 

A Mrs. Butcher with 1? friends. 

9th Grade, St. Rose School from Chelsea, Mass* A picnic 
lunch eaten out-of-doors. 

Friday, May 14, 1937 Rain 

Again we would J ike to write about the dancing class. This time 
the cla;?s of the Southwest School. Ihey cane this afternoon. What we 
enjoyed particularly was the fact that the young ladies, or girls, wore 
apple blosson.s In their hair. Some of then had made a sort of croMi of 
the blossoms; others had a wreath and one wore two tiny blossoms low In the 
back of her neck. Ihey looked like Apple Blossom princesses. We hear 
of Apple Blossom queens, but v;e th'nk th«t our Southwest girls looked as 
pretty in their informal Apple Blossons as any pre-arranged Apple Blossom 

Saturday, May 15, 1937 Cloudy 

A touching little _nc ; dent occured this afternoon. T t was during 
the visit of a large group of school children and happened n the Small 
Ball Room. This is where the hostess ends her story of the house. She 
tells about the Ball room itself and the old fashioned dancing. Then she 
explains about the things outside, on the grounds, to see. If the 
children have been especially good and attnetive she thanks the:.' for it. 
A little girl of 8 years had been an especially good listener this after- 
noon. She stayed close to the hostess. Then when the end of the story 
csme, she took the hostess a ide, edged up to her and bashfully put some- 
thing into her hand. The hostess felt of it and looked. It was a five- 
cent piece. "I want you to take it. You told the sof^r" the little miss 


Sunday, lay 16, 19 7 Plea-.ant 

Tt is not very often, in fact we cannot remember a tii^e when 
a Baby carriage was seen in front ~f the Tnn. We have a great i^any 
babies arrive n arms or in baskets, but to see a faiily strolling 
down the drive way pushing a baby carriage is an unusual sight. The 
picture shows a collapsible go-cirt. The faally is typical of our 
Sunday afternoon visitors. 


Monday, ivi y 17, 1937 Showers 

The Alturian Club from Shirley, Massachusetts which came to the 
Inn last week, contributed something for our Historical file. The 
Secretary had with her an account of the Clubs visit to the T nn in the 
year 1898. It is quite a lengthy account and tells about the train 
ride to Sudbury from Shirley, a comparatively few miles distant. Two 
or three times the ladies had to change trains. On arrival at the 
Sudbury station they were taken to the Wayside Inn in a large "Barge". 
The description of the Inn is very similar to other accounts of the Inn 
at this period. We were particularly Interested, however, in this part 
of it: 

"All of the rooms contain much old fashioned furniture 
that silently speaks of history and family comedies and 
tragedies but if the romantic side of our nature had an 
imaginat 'on for flight, the wings did not appear and we 
were kept to the practical side of things by our guide who 
represented the exactness and methodical uianner which we 
are told indicates a business capacity in man, altho 1 in 
this case the person was a woman, who gave us dry hard 
facts for our comprehension." 

wayslde inn diary 

Tuesday, May 18, 1937 

Partly cloudy 

Childrens voices were heard. Down the front wslk cai.e queer 
looking little children; queer because they were dressed in Puritan 
clothes. The girls wore long full dresses with white kerchiefs; the boys, 
knee breeches with long brown tunics. Instead of being dignified, 
quiet, sober children as their dress would suggest, they were gay and bright, 
They ran towards the house and pointed to the Red Horse prancing on the 
Sign. Inside they called to each other: "look, look at this'." They sat 
on the settle before the open fire and hen ushered into the old dining room 
they naturally, without any hesitation sat down at the table. Then they 
pretneded to eat from pewter porringers and passed around imaginary corn 
meal mush. In the kitchen they found the butter churn, candle moulds, 
Betty lamps, all familiar . The Parlor story w^s well known. These child- 
ren came from Cambridge, the home of Longfellow. After a few minutes they 
no longer looked queer to us. They belonged here, harmonized with the place. 
It was as if they had always lived at the Wayside Inn. L-ter a frolic took 
place on the lawn. Then the minister called a meeting. The congregation 
sat in rows on the green grass while the minister, with a deacon on one 
side and the "Hour glass man" on the other raised his hands in a spitit of 
worship. A hymn was sung. Ou- only regret was that these children could 
not live on forever at the Wayside Inn. 


1/vednesday, Hay 19, 1937 


One of our old friends is pictured. He is Mr. Lawrence Dav.e, Roving 
Reporter of the Boston Herald and recent traveller in Europe. His 
usual aeans of transportation to the *.nn fron Boston is by "Rosy" the bicycle 
shown in the picture. "Rosy" wa nuch bedecked with apple blossoms and 
lilacs when she started off with her master for the city. ...r. Dau:e 
appeared in a pale blue Austrian sport suit a quired during his w'nter 
European travels. 


Thursday, May 20, 1937 


Doings of our visitors fill most 
of the pages of the Diary. There 
are some visitors, however, very 
seldom mentioned. They are the 
dogs who v : sit the inn with master 
or aistress. Like Gary's lar:b they 
wait patiently about the fron door 
'till o aster does appear. n the 
meantime they receive ouch attention. 
They are petted and patted, ^f not 
they Sonet ines bark and pull at their 
leach. After a while, however, they 
settle down to a nap In the shade of 
the lilac bush. Today we caught these 
two dogs, very much awake, sitting on 
top of the Pump. 

Friday, May, 21, 1937 


The garden has come into its 
own again. Its lovely appearance 
is commented on every day. Some of 
the garden has already been brought 
into the house j jonquils and tulips 
and lilacs. Guests enjoy a stroll 
in the garden before dinner or after 
dinner "in the twilight. The Lawns 
are especially smooth and green this 


Saturday, May 22, 1937 

Partly cloudy 

This has been a week so full of school ch ldren and dinner 
guests hat v<e cannot do better than to set down the names and 
number of visitors n each special party. The reader en then judge 
for himself how full a week we have had at the Wayside inn. 

May 18 

May 20 

May 21 
M-y 22 

Shady Hill School 

Cambridge, Euass. 

Am Linen Supply Assoc. 

Sharon High School 

Sharon, ;,; iass. 

:.irs. Gragg 

Clarendon St. School 
Fitchburg, s.ass 

Teachers College of Conn. 
Nev- Britain, Conn. 

Woodland St. School 

Worcester, Mass. 

Gilbertville . Grainuar S c hool 

Gilbertville, ;-ass. 

Little Sisters, Christ Church 

M alt ham, Mass. 

[ ins Corner School 

Hooksett, N. H. 

Grade 4, Runkle School 

^rookline, M ass. 

Grade 8 

Narrangansett, R. I. 

Rectory School 

Pomfret, Conn. 

English Lutheran Church 

^orcec5ter, i..ass. 

Bancroft School, Auburn, ''.ass. 

12 pupils 

86 Luncheons 
40 Seniors 

28 Luncheons 

63 pupils 

50 students 

35 pupils 
46 pupils 
20 pupils 
35 pupils 
25 pupils 
22 pupils 
38 boys 
35 dinners 
40 pupils 


Sunday, irfay 23, 1937 


Not "bright" but early this morning 3 artists with artist 
trappings were seen close to the front door of the Inn. They 
*.ere sketching the door-way. Our lilac bushes are in full bloom 
on either side of the door and this makes a truly quaint and 
beautiful picture. There is a white lilac oil one side and a 
lavender bush n the other. This is Lilac Sunday, by the way. 
Here at the Wayside Inn we are observing it to the fullest extent. 
Lilacs scent the air everywhere and the several lilac hedges are filled 
with blossoms. Best of all lilacs at the Wayside Inn are the deep 
purple variety seen ^t the "Parmenter Sisters" place. 

Monday, .«ay 24, 1937 


From the farm has come word of the acquisition of baby oxen. 
The picture shows then drawn up in front of the Inn. They are being 
given a formal welcome to their new home. 


Tuesday, way 25, 1937 


We were very much amused by a storytold us by an overnight guest. 
He said that in Italy our familiar bed warmers or warm '.ng pans are 
called "i,ionks n . Once a lady was entertaining her brother who was a 
monk, a member of the clergy. The lady, wish ng to please her guests, 
said to a servant, "Please get the monk and vara the beds." After an 
interval of a half hour or so, the monk, the brother of the kind lady 
appeared. Looking very dejected he said: "I can't stay here. r 've 
been put nto five beds to w.?rm them and I can't stand it any longer 1" 

Wednesday, h y 26, 1937 


As the school year nears its close we beg n to feel well acquainted 
with our school children. We know that there will be a big space at the 
Wayside Inn when they are gone through the Summer. Altho' they are busy 
with their own work much f the time, we at least know that they are close 
by. On Fridays they are always here for their dancing lesson and we will 
miss them very much. Here are four little ladies from the Southwest School, 


Thursday, M-y 27, 1937 Pleasant 

Early th'.s morning there was a hustling and bu3tl'ng all through 
the house. Preparat.i;ns were being made for the luncheon of the 
H rvard Woicans Club of Boston. 163 members assembled in the large 
dining room and were served a chicken luncheon at 1 o'clock. Guests 
of honor sat at one long table decorated wHh crimson roses (Harvard 
colors). Ladies were dressed Ln flowery print dresses. After lunch- 
eon a few short speeches were given and guests adjourned to the gardens, 
the Marys L j;b School or joined on a tour through the h^use. A long 
afternoon was spent in the Msy t ime setting of the Inn. Lany guests 
spoke of a most enjoyable t'u;;e. 

Friday, Lay 28, 1937 Cloudy 

At least two people found the dancing class this evening a most 
enjoyable event. They were Dr. E. P. Hoyden, well known surgeon of 
Boston, a guest who has been stay ng at the Inn for several days. He 
is resting and writing a book. The other person was a Mrs. Heald, 
neice of iliss Oehme the danc ng teacher. Irs. Heald, a pretty, 
attractive girl, ha recently lost her husband. She is left wHh a 
tiny baby. Both these guests, we happen to know, were in need of rest 
and relaxation, change of thought and scene. The dancing class seemed to 
fill the bill. They watched with great Interest and enthusiasm the 
Quadrille, Varsovienne etc. Then when a waltz was ann unced they were 
quickly on the floor. Dr. Hayden was asked to lead the lajt Gr?nd larch. 
From the smiles ;hich eventually appeared on the faces of our two guests, 
we felt tint the dancing class this even ng had been of a very real 

Saturday, May 29, 1937 Pleasant 

Every now and then a devotee of Longfellow appears, usually an 
elderly person of the "old school", a person ho remembers the popular- 
ity of Longfellow when his poems were first making their appearance. 
Such a person made Ir'mself known today as Dr. Alfred i.'.eyer. It was In 
1874 when Dr. Meyer was attending Columbia University *n New York that 
he remembers Beading "The Hanging of the Crane" in a New York daily 
Newspaper. Longfellow had recited the poem the day before at Harvard 
College. Dr. iieyer said, "I must have been n my freshman year for I 
recall that T didn't know the meaning f the word "crane" at that ti^e. 


Sunday, May 30, 1937 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Stillman of Westerly R. I. are mce guest3. They 
are here for the holiday week-end. Mrs. Stills an, we recall, has 
travelled extensively with Frieda Hempel, the opera s : nger as a 
secretary-couipa .ion. Mrs. Stillman is not pretty, or especially 
good looking, but she ha- a vivacious, attractive personality. You 
are attracted by her conversation wh ch is informative and interesting. 
She tells many stories and incidents f her travels. She goes to 
New York and attends the threatre, she reads books and has left with us 
a fine book on Bermuda which she is loaning to the hostesses. The 
hostesses, by the way, are now engaged mreading the new book, "Paradise" by 
Esther Forbes. Paradise tells of the settlement and pioneer days of an 
early New England village. 

nonday, i y 31, 1937 Pleasant 

This holiday has brought the usual number of holiday visitors. 
By holiday visitors we mean mostly sightseers, tourists who have come from 
New York or elsewhere for a short holiday ; n New England. They are 
crowding in as much sight-3eeing as possible in a day or two. We also 
mean by "holiday visitors" the men folk and the shop girls. We see many 
men with their families — wife and child ^n. The working girls come with 
one or two companions or they bring mother to the Wayside inn for a days 

Tuesday, June 1, 1937 Cloudy and rain 

We had looked forward to this as being one of the largest days of 
the season; large in the number of guests were were to serve. The 
Massachusetts Medical Society had made reservations for 250 luncheons 
to be served to wives af Doctors. The reservati n was made weeks ago. 
This morning the number had decreased to 186. At luncheon time ~nly 
141 ladies appeared. Cooks, waitresses and hostesses all experienced a 
kind of let down feeling and we must confess to a great disappointment. 




No. 4 

All Day Wayside 

(with lunch included) 



Leave 9.00 A. M. Return 5.00 P. M. 

10.30 A. M. omitting Tour No. 1 $4.50 

A MOST complete and interesting ALL DAY 
tour to WAYSIDE INN, now owned and main- 
tained by Henry Ford. 

This tour is specially made up for those having 
but one day in Boston. It covers all points of 
interest in Tours 1, 2 and 3, and then proceeds 
to Wayside Inn, South Sudbury. It was here 
that Longfellow wrote "Tales of a Wayside Inn." 

This historic shrine was formerly called Howe 
Tavern and was first licensed in 1666. In 1863, 
it was named the "Wayside Inn." At the gate- 
house, you will find the stagecoach which was 
used to bring General Lafayette to Boston for 
the laying of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill 
Monument in 1825. 

Also on the grounds is the Old School House 
referred to in the famous poem, "Mary Had a 
Little Lamb," and the Old Grist Mill which is 
in actual operation today. 

The cost of this tour includes admission to the 
Inn and luncheon in its famous dining-room built 
in 1800. 


Hotel Bradford Boston 


Wednesday, June 2, 1937 


Arlington Teachers' Club 

Annual Banquet 

Wayside Inn 
Wednesday June 2, 1937 
Dinner at 6.30 
Members 1.00 Non-Members 1.25 

About 100 iceiabers of the above Club were dinner guests this evening. 
There were a few men present, but the iuajority were lady school teachers. 


Thursday, June 3, 1937 

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Round Club" th s evening. A little beyond middle age, these people 
were quiet, friendly couples. This wa- their annual dinner-out. T t 
proved to be both a good dinner and a good tine* Fron; the progra 
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Friday, June 4, 1937 Pleasant 

Mr. and Urs. J me H. Herron of Cleveland, Ohio visited the Inn 
ttas morning as guests of Mr. Ford. They were conducted through the 
Inn by Miss Deiviille and seemed to enjoy their visit very :oich. 

Mr. Yamana ka, Boston and New York Importer, dined at the Inn th's even'nj 
He entertained some distinguished guests froi: Japan including a bright little 
Japanese lady, President of a college in Tokyo. 

"The Proof of the Puddng is in the eating" said Mr. Kaplan, one of 
our Inn friends who returned tonight to attend the danc ng class. Last 
week Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan came on Friday evening for dinner and to see the 
dancing class especially. Tonight they c ane a^a in bringing f amily and 

aturday, June 5, 1937 Pleasant 

Mrs. Gaston Plantiff with in rs. Alice W. ^ickson motored from 
New York today. J ry Ellen Plantiff is finishing her course at the Pine 
wianor School in Wellesley. Mr . Plantiff, while staying at the Inn, will 
attend the closing festivities of the school. 

A very busy Saturday came to a close with 194 guests served in the 
dining room. Seven school groups and a D. A . R. gathering were insluded 
in the days business. 

WAYS i.DE m d:ary 

Sunday, June 6, 1937 Pleasant 

Much has been written about the beauty of the Inn; the 
lovely lines of the h use, its setting among ancient oak trees, 
lords do not draw a complete picture, however. There is irore 
to the beauty of the Inn on a June day than one can express. 
A feeling of reverence and sacredness Is n our hearts a3 we 
look at the Inn. It s here under a ale blue sky. Gentle 
breezes blow the green leaves ^n the trees wh ch seem in a gay 
mood - as if glad they surround th..s dear old inn. The Inn it- 
self appears mellow and harmonious. We cannot speak. We worship 
"in silence. Guests are impressed as they approach the "nn. 
Many of them exclaim: "Oh! it La beautiful!" Then they stand 
still and gaze. Others show admiration in a different way. "We 
just have to come to the Wayside .nn in June" said a friend. 

Londay, June 7, 1937 Pleasant 

We are almost too busy to write in the Diary! At luncheon time 
a group of ministers ^jid their wives held a luncheon-meeting on the porch. 
They are ministers to students; that is, ministers of -ari3hes ; n wh ch 
colleges are located. At dinner time 54 teachers from the Frar Ingham 
Normal School assembled In the large dining room. Place cards matched the 
boquets in the canter of the table. Songs were sung during the meal and 
the presentation of a gift to a retiring teacher, w^.i made. Three large 
groups of children visited the Inn during the day. 


Tuesday, June 8, 1937 Pleasant 

The Unity Club of East Walpole, Mass. enjoyed Old Fashioned dancing In 
the Ball room this even ng. After dinner the 55 men and women in attendance 
entered into a Virginia Reel. They also spent time in looking through the 
h-use and walking in the g'rden. Other groups today included one of 9 for 
luncheon and two groups of 12 each for dinner. 

Wednesday, June 9, 1937 Pleasant 

Mrs. Plantiff and her f»-i<=»nd Mrs. Dickson left today after spending 

a busy three days here. They spent most of their tine n Wellesley 

where they attended the graduation of .iary Ellen P/antiff at the Pine 
manor School. 

Thursday June 10, 1937 Plea ant 

We have a congenial group of overnight guests. Rev. and Mrs. H. W. 
Smith of Lee, i.,a:s. are old friends and have come with their family to 
attend the graduation of a daughter from the Walnut Hill School. Also 
from the Walnut Hill School is Miss Louise moody. She and her mother are 
rest'ng here gefore Louise starts her college Board examinations. The 
Moodys are of the canoe-making family of Old Town, i«.a'.ne. Other over- 
night guests are Mr. and Mrs. H. ;,'.. Fast. Mr. Fast is the author of 
stories for boys; one of wh ch appears in the current issue of the Ladies 
Home Journal. Rev. Mr. Sicith and Mr. Fast have had a long chat and it 
looks as if they were going to be - should we say - fast friends! 

Friday, June 11, 1937 Pleasant 

Just before dinner time this evening, a car drew up to the front 
door of the Inn bringing Air. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker of Worcester. 
Before they Come into the Inn, however, they called for a hostess and 
showed her a large container in the back seat of the car filled with 
lovely blossoms. These proved to be a gift for the Inn. Dozens of 
large, long stemmed pink peonies and dozens of purple and lavender iris, 
The combinati n made a beautiful picture. Mr. Bowker arranged ther in 
large old pottery jugs and placed them in the large Ball-room. This 
wa:; dancing class night and a kind of special occasion because the boys 
of the senior class had dinner at the Inn th"s evening. The flowers 
decorated the Ball-room and gave it a festive appearance. 


Saturday, June 12, 1937 


The Bowkers are T nn friends, indeed. This time the 
Carl Bowkers frou: Worcester. They carne as usual this Saturday 
evening for dinner and brought v/ith them two large boxes of roses, 
home grown. «lr. and Mrs. Bowker are rose experts and have won t^any 
prizes with their flowers. We have never seen such a variety of 
color and size of rose blossoms, every one a gorgeous specimen. 

Hore of the Friendship Tour groups came this afternoon. 
Au3till distributed these verses to the children. 

Hr and 

^xagzsu a^ -THa childfusn'S post 



"Gome to me, ye children, 
And whisper in my ear, 
What the birds and winds are singing 
In your sunny atmosphere. 

Ye are better than all the ballads, 
That ever were sung or said; 
For ye are living poems 
And all the rest are dead. 


May 28,1857, Agassiz, the Naturalist. 

"Oom wander with me" Nature said, 
"Int* regions yet untrod, 
And read what is still unread 
In the manuscripts of God." 

And he wandered away and away 
With nature, the dear old nurse. 
Who sang to him night and day 
The rhymes of the universe. 


Sunday, June 15, 1957 Pleasant 

The week started well with nearly 500 served in the dining 
room today. One hundred people came in one large group to be served 
at 1:50. These were Railroad Ticket men and their wives. Their visit 
was somewhat limited, however. They had only time for luncheon and a 
fleeting glimpse of the house - then back to New York. 

Monday, June 14, 1957 Cloudy 

It would seem as if a rose grower and a Packard salesman would 
have nothing in common. But the two were brought together today at the 
Wayside Inn and found much to talk about. The rose grower was Colonel 
J. A. Pearson from Oklahoma City; the Packard salesman, Mr. G.A. Campbell 
from Detroit. They met in the parlor as the hostess was telling the 
story. Mr. Campbell asked a question, Colonel Pearson answered it and 
they were off on a friendly chat which lasted well into the afternoon. 
Roses are Colonel Pearson's hobby and he knew the subject thoroughly, 
telling us of many different kinds of roses, how to care for them, and 
where they can best be grown. Mr. Campbell told us of his brother who 
lives in the rose section of Texas. He also recounted a story about the 
American Beauty roses which the Packard Motor Company bought to give to 
woman patrons. Thus an enjoyable time was spent at the Inn by these 
two men of seemingly diversified tastes and interests. 

Tuesday, June 15, 1957 Showers 

One never knows when large groups are going to descend upon us. 
Mostly we are informed in advance of their arrival. Then again we are 
taken by surprise. Two or three bus loads of ladies arrived this after- 
noon at 5 o'clock, without warning. The other evening a group of school 
children piled in at 8:50 unannounced. Sometimes there is a hustle and 
bustle to recruit all forces necessary to take care of these groups, but 
always we manage to show them through the house. We feel that if they 
have taken the time and pains to come here, then we must bend every effort 
to make their visit enjoyable and worth while. This week the school groups 
are declining in number as schools everywhere are closing for the summer 
vacation. Bus tour groups are increasing, however. Something new this 
year is a tour conducted by the Rawding Lines, Inc. On the next page is 
a clipping from one of their folders which is self-explanatory. 


Wednesday, June 16, 1957 Pleasant 

Today and the next two days will be devoted to our school 
children, who are this week having their graduation festivities. 
We have been impressed this year by the seriousness and dignity which 
has accompanied all the exercises held. 

This evening at the Boys School the annual Banquet took place 
with about 150 people in attendance, including the boys, fir. and Mrs. 
Sennott, instructors, Wayside Inn employes and friends. The program 
belonged entirely to the boys with William Piazik acting as master of 
ceremonies. There was the usual Valedictory address, Class Prophecy, 
Glass Will, etc. Miss Fisher and Miss De Mille played semi-classical 
selections during the dinner and the program closed with the singing 
of "Auld Lang Syne". 

Thursday, June 17, 1957 Pleasant 

The end of the day has come. Long shadows have appeared on 
the lawn and the sun is sinking slowly into the west. Mot only is 
this day brought to a close, but the school year at the Wayside Inn 
is ended. For the eleven graduates it means the termination of four 
years of study at the Wayside Inn; four years when the Wayside Inn 
has been Home. Now they are leaving. It is, of course, with a feeling 
of sadness that we look upon them - sitting as young gentlemen on the 
stage in the large Ball-room. Father Fletcher, Pastor of the Church of 
the Immaculate Conception in Marlboro, which some of the boys have 
attended regularly, has given the Invocation - and will pronounce the 
Benediction. Just now the Rev. Vincent Tomlinson, one of our dear 
Fraters, is talking. He is telling in a simple, natural way of his 
association with the Inn and his fondness for it. He is speaking of 
growth and developement and responsibility. We know that it is bound 
to come to these boys, but we also know that as the care and respon- 
sibility come, the past four years spent at the Wayside Inn will remain 
like shining stars to :uide their way. This is a memorable evening. 
It is a Commencement not only for the boys, but for the smaller children 
who are leaving the Redstone and Southwest schools. The thought of 
this very evening will be cherished in their hearts forever. 


Friday, June 18, 1957 Showers 

This was an "open and shut" day, as the weather man terras it. 
Young ladies debated about what they should wear to the Graduation 
Ball. At one time it looked as if unbrellas, rubbers, and raincoats 
would be needed. But when the hour for the Grand March finally 
arrived, all was gay and bright in the large Ball room. School 
colors, dark blue and white, were used in decoration. A four-piece 
orchestra graced the platform. The Singing Quadrille was announced. 
The dresses of sweet young girls swept the floor. A guest said that 
he expected someone to dash in the door and announce that the V/ar 
was over'. Just then the orchestra was playing a Stephen Foster 
selection. It might well have been a Civil War-time scene. Punch 
and sherbet and cake were served. Several guests joined in the 
waltz and the Barn-dance. The orchestra played on. We wanted it 
to go on indefinitely. At midnight, however, there was another 
march and a good-night was said to Mr. and Mrs. Sennott and Mr. and 
Mrs. Young. 

Saturday, June 19, 1957 Rain 

One of our guests today had a long talk with one of the 
hostesses about cooking in the old kitchen. She wanted to know 
every detail in connection with old kitchen dinners - how they 
are cooked and how they are served. It seems that our guest had 
dined last year with Monsieur and Madame Clemenceau, son and 
daughter-in-law of the great "Tiger of France". In their country 
home a thirty-pound lamb was cooked on a spit in front of the 
open fire. The spit rod was turned by electricity. Shinning 
copper p^ns caught the drippings. It was a wonderful sight, our 
guest explained, and the lamb was super-delicious. Our guest is 
planning the same sort of thing for her country place in New York 


Sunday, June 20, 1957 Pleasant 

Today we have begun a summer schedule. Miss Frances Tibbitts, 
teacher in the Mary Lamb School, is to remain through the vacation 
period as a hostess. Miss Katherine Schultz from Ann Arbor, Michigan, 
a student at the University of Michigan, will be here through the 
vacation. Hostesses will take turns being at the Redstone School in 
the afternoon to tell the story there. 

Monday, June 21, 1957 Cloudy 

When new hostesses tell the story of the Inn, we are interested 
in their new interpretations of it. Basically they are the same, but 
they use different words to convey the same idea. They also add new 
stories to the same objects. As a matter of fact, all the hostesses, 
old or new, have their own private way of telling the story. For instance, 
in describing the footstove, Miss DeMille calls to mind the long three- 
hour sermons of the old days, showing the necessity for a footstove in 
the unheated churches. Miss Staples points out the fact that our 
footstove is a particularly old one. It has a wooden frame instead of 
perforated tin which was more commonly used at a later date. Miss 
Tibbitts, our new hostess, speaks of the footstove as a Valentine gift 
and asks the guests to notice a red heart painted on the front of it. 
Then she adds that she thinks the footstove is the sign of a pretty 
warm heart. 

Tuesday, June 22, 1957 Cloudy 

Miss Schultz talked with a guest today whose grandmother was 
a Mrs. Sarah Gilbert Howe. Mrs. Howe came to the Wayside Inn on her 
honeymoon in the year 1842. She recounted the story of her visit to 
the Inn many times during her life and remembered well the landlord, 
Mr. Lyman Howe. She and Mr. Howe discovered that they were indirectly 
related. Vie had another Howe descendent recently. He was Mr. David 
Hawkins from Concord. Mr. Hawkins has a son named David Howe Hawkins; 
the David being chosen from accident rather than from family interest. 
It turned out to be a good old family name, however. David Howe was 
one time proprietor of the Wayside Inn. 


Wednesday, June 25, 1957 Pleasant 

This week we had a trip to New Hampshire. Much to our delight 
and surprise we found an old butter churn in actual working order. There 
was a sign in front of an old farmhouse: "Butter milk and fresh ginger 
bread." It tempted us. As we drove into the yard, the butter churn 
stood silhoutted in the side doorway. "I put it in the sun so as to warm 
the cream", the farmer's wife explained. Peering into the churn, the 
cream was there, sure enough. It put us in mind of the churn here in 
the Inn kitchen. The churn iB probably the most familiar of all old 
cooking utensils. Guests often reminisce around the churn and tell of 
standing, for what seemed like hours, moving the dasher up and down. 

Thursday, June 24, 1957 Pleasant 

A little old lady in black approached the bar the other day 
and asked a very unusual question. She queried: "is Mrs. Barker here?" 
Mrs. Barker, it will be remembered, was the hostess when Mr. Ford 
first bought the Inn in 1925. She is not now living. It developed 
that our lady in black was Mrs. Hamilton Osgood, a sister of Mr. 
Pearmain who lives hear us on the hill. Mrs. Osgood has not been in 
this country for ten years. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Two 
attendants came with Mrs. Osgood who is now 90 years old. 

Friday, June 25, 1957 Dismal 

It hardly seems possible that another summer season has 
rolled around and that the Tauck Tours are here. Their weekly visits 
started today. We have looked forward to this event. They are a fine 
group of people with reliable chauffeurs and conductors. Twenty Tauck 
Tour guests lunched on the porch at noon time. Mr. Tauck himself accom- 
panied his patrons and made this a kind of introductory trip. 

Saturday, June 26, 1957 Dismal 

Guests have more than enjoyed the Redstone School this past 
week. Dr. Ryland 0. Sadler of Baltimore became so enthusiastic that he 
came twice to hear the story. He wanted to buy the story-teller a box 
of candy! He said, and we thought we detected tears in his eyes, "You 
have given me more pleasure than I can say" Somehow, the story at the 
schoolhouse seems to touch the hearts of all the visitors. It is some- 
thing they have grown up with and have lived with. It is a part of their 
lives. They have attended a Redstone school. They have always loved the 
story of Mary and her lamb. The hostess usually divides the story into 
two parts. First there is a history lesson when she tells about the 
building itself; next comes a story period when the familiar scene of 
Mary and her lamb at the schoolhouse is recalled. Once this week the 
"pupils" ended the "session" by singing "School days, school days, dear 
old Golden Rule days" etc. 


Sunday, June 27, 1957 Cloudy 

The name of Priacilla Alden Redfield appears in large, 
childish handwriting on our Register today. Priscilla is the 
12th direct lineal descendent from John Alden and Priscilla. 
She is a quaint, modest child. Her mother is much interested 
in things Colonial and Priscilla apparently is pursuing the 
pr>me line of thought. She was quiet and attentive. It was, 
of course, Longfellow who immortalized ohn Alrfen and Priscilla. 
The 12th Priscilla lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, the town 
immortalized by Longfellow in the story of Elizabeth Haddon and 
John Estaugh in Tales of a Wayside Inn. 

Londay, June 28, 1957 Cloudy 

This time of year the Inn fulfills its educational purpose 
to the fullest extent. Guests are mostly tourists. They come 
from every state in the Union. Sometimes they are bewildered 
when they enter the Inn. They do not know quite what it is all 
about. They sometimes have the attitude that this is just another 
old house. It is difficult for the hostess to engage their attention. 
V/hen she starts describing the house and its furniture, her listeners 
appear indifferent. Then as the little company moves on through the 
Bar Room, the Dining Room to the Old Kitchen, the hostess notices 
that the strictest attention is being paid. Someone asks a question. 
Another dares venture an inquiry. There is a feeling of friendliness 
created. When the Parlor is reached, the hostess seems to come into 
her own. The guests sit on the sofa and in the chairs and they 
thoroughly appreciate and enjoy the Longfellow association. On 
leaving, the guests' feel a fascination and interest in the house. 
They are grateful that it is preserved. Incidentally they have 
learned much about Colonial things and our beloved poet. The Inn 
has truly been an educational pleasure. 

Tuesday, June 29, 1957 Partly Cloudy 

Two or three times a year we are favored with a visit from 
the Rev. John H. Robinette. He is the pastor of Trinity Episcopal 
Church at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. For years he has loved the Inn 
and very often brings friends and parishoners to see it. Today he 
brought three young men and introduced them as the boys who carry 
the Cross an' 1 +he Colors in his church, I could think of no nicer 
reward for their services than to bring them to the Wayside Inn", 
explained Mr. Robinette. 

interesting conversation with the ladies about Longfellow 
and his contemporaries. The lady invited these two young 
men and the hostess to see the old year out with her. 
Near twelve oclock we drew chairs up to the bar room fire, 
lighted the holiday candle, and awaited the march of time. 
Just as the parlor clock chimed twelve, we were interrupted 
by the pounding of the front door knocker. Ve opened to two 

belated travelors, Mr. and Mrs. Banford of Utica, N. Y., 
who had suddenly made up their minds to spend New Years Eve 
at "'ayside. They sensed that a celebration was in progress, 

joined the group without preliminaries, and began to sing 
Auld Lang Syne. Mr. Banford, who had been at the inn before 
suggested that we all go to the ball room and sing the 
New Year in. He played the piano and for half an hour the 
group sang old fashioned songs, such as In the Gloaming, 
1*11 take you Home Kathleen, Shine on Harvest Moon, Silent 
Night, and lastly My Old Kentuckey Home and Goodnight Ladies. 
The disppointed Lady was thrilled, and said it had turned out 

to be one of the most pleasant New Years Eves of her life. 
The hostess overheard her describing to guests, who came the 
following day, what a wonderful New Years Eve she had 

Saturday, Jan. 1st \°i3>v Heavy Snow 

We awoke to a. New England snow storm, beautiful to 
look upon, but disheartening when we thought of expected 
guests. We had quite made up our minds we would have no 
guests, when in came our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Gookin. 
They were blown, red cheeked, and smiling. Tho the weather 
grew worse as the day wore on, they remained and took 
their usual five P.M. bus home. It was a half hour late 
but they bravely stood, hand in hand, in the sleet and snow 
until it came along.